Neutron 'Bomb'

September 1981
National Review;9/4/1981, Vol. 33 Issue 17, p1000
The article comments on the psychological reason behind the plan of the Soviet Union to develop a neutron bomb. The neutron bomb, in fact, is not a bomb but merely an eight-inch artillery shell that could be used as an anti-tank defensive weapon. However, by calling it bomb and associating it with weapons of mass destruction, the Soviet Union has gained a political edge. By naming the weapon as such, the Soviet Union could politically intimidate other European nations and build a mood of futility and neutralism. Indeed, the development of a neutron bomb would serve well in the psychological warfare.


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