Enough Is Never Enough
It threatens planet Earth with extinction and literally gives Man the power to undo Creation. It has been labeled insane, obscene, and a crime against humanity. The "it," of course, refers to the nuclear arms race--that endless, insatiable search by the world's nuclear powers for ever more powerful and capable nuclear weapons.
No event in history, no matter how horrendous, can even remotely compare to the folly of the nuclear arms race. Forty-four years after Hiroshima-- four decades after acquiring knowledge of the bomb's dreadful potential for ending civilization--the two leading powers of the day are engaged in the process of accumulating weapons in numbers and lethality that defy rationalization. Not traditional weapons designed to defend freedom, independence, and territorial integrity but all-powerful first-strike monsters, whose use in an all-out nuclear conflict could well cause the superpowers' own destruction along with that of all of mankind. 1
The obvious question is why? Why are the superpowers oblivious to mankind's most horrid threat? Why do they feel the need to add more weapons to their already bloated arsenals of more than 50,000 warheads? How could they possibly use additional explosive power, when weapons in their present inventory already contain 1 million times the explosive power of the Hiroshima bomb? 2
Three explanations come to mind: The first reason for the spiraling weapons programs of the superpowers is probably also the most simplistic. It reflects the uncompromising commitment by both the United States and the