War Scare: Russia and America on the Nuclear Brink

By Peter Vincent Pry | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 33
Winning a Nuclear War

The strategic nuclear balance is fragile, because first-strike incentives will increase and retaliatory options will become riskier and less effective as the START reductions are implemented. This is well understood by the Russian military. Even more disturbing is the advocacy by some Russian officers and officials of the idea that a nuclear war can be won. For example, in an article entitled "Is There a Law of Victory?" published in Military Thought ( 1994), the flagship journal of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Colonel V. V. Kruglov argued that striking first and surprise attack are keys to victory in war. Moreover, according to Colonel Kruglov, a nuclear war can be won: "The law of victory allows us to take a new look also at such a question as victory in a nuclear war. . . . With the nuclear states reducing these amounts [of nuclear warheads] to a certain agreed level, then other warfare laws begin to operate on a par with the basic law, victory can be achieved just as in a conventional war."

Colonels V. Savchenko and S. Vasilyev, in a 1993 Military Thought article, proposed that the START treaties could be exploited to achieve an advantageous position for winning a nuclear war: "Nuclear weapons can become means of achieving political interests if their employment is not accompanied by negative . . . consequences for the side planning to deliver a nuclear first strike. . . . A situation is possible where, while remaining enemies, sides can begin reducing strategic offensive arms. Here a potential aggressor will strive to reduce nuclear arsenals to levels ensuring employment of nuclear weapons."

An October 1995 article by military scientist Vladimir Zakharov, subtitled "Myths about the Most Barbarous Weapon," derides as "porridge eaters" those who would use nuclear weapons "for political bluffing" and "not as a system of arms" for actually fighting and winning wars. Zakharov insists that nuclear weapons are no different from conventional weapons, just more powerful. He refutes several "myths" about the immorality and catastrophic environmental consequences of nuclear war, and he concludes, " Russia really has no other military-technical means for deterring large- scale aggression except for means of nuclear deterrence." He advocates using strategic nuclear weapons against either nuclear or nonnuclear adversaries, as allowed in Russia's new military doctrine. Another Russian military analyst, in a 1995 article, calls for unlimited use of nuclear weap-

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