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Nuclear Arms Race

G. John Weir Jr, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1983;143(5):1072-1074. doi:10.1001/archinte.1983.00350050242053.
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To the Editor.  —The recent communication by Dr Marmor in the December Archives (1982;142:2262-2263) is welcome. Nuclear war is indeed a "solution" that our way of life would not survive. We must remember that there are three ways to "lose"—initiating nuclear war, stimulating or allowing others to initiate nuclear war, and succumbing to the loss of our freedoms with or without nuclear war. There is only one way to win—maintaining and expanding the good in our way of life without nuclear war.Attention to the psychological aspects of the problem is obvious in Dr Marmor's presentation and is necessary. However, it seems illogical to believe we can learn to live without nuclear war unless we learn to live without war. Reduction in nuclear weapons and SALT talks should not be forgotten; they are steps along the way. But so long as man accepts war as a method of settling disputes


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