Accepting the Nuclear Age

February 1982
National Review;2/19/1982, Vol. 34 Issue 3, p153
This article discusses the nuclear threat and the rising insecurity among nations. The best hope of preventing nuclear war according to scholars Laurence W. Beilenson and Samuel T. Cohen lies in accepting the nuclear age, instead of persisting in a hopeless effort to deny it. In that spirit, they urge the U.S. to augment its nuclear armory both for deterrence and for defense, with an ample margin of safety on both counts and to help its European allies to do likewise. What the authors call for includes developing offensive weapons in great quantities and exploiting mobility, concealment, and dispersion to make them invulnerable to any conceivable nuclear strike.


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