By Stephen J. Cimbala
There is probably no area of more crucial concern nor one more riddled with paradox than nuclear weapons and their use, not only in war, but as deterrents to war. Cimbala examines the critical issues, problems, and paradoxes inherent in the current nuclear situation. It is from a fundamental contradiction--the usefulness of nuclear weapons versus the undesirability of nuclear war--that nuclear deadlock arises. Their usefulness as deterrents is based on their destructive potential and the balance of power in Europe cannot be adjusted until the inflexible, bipolar "balance of terror" is addressed.