DETERRENCE AND DISARMAMENT
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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Deterrence and disarmament both relate to preserving in a dangerous world the nation, peace, and the possibility of freedom. They are complementary, not conflicting, policies for coping with the conflict between the free world and the Communist Bloc. If they are pursued with wisdom and force they may buy some decades in which to cope with basic problems. If central war can be avoided, perhaps we can accomplish some genuine reduction in the fundamental hostility between the Bloc and the relatively free nations-- without the loss of freedom. There is no clear causal link between disarmament and the fundamental source of danger of war. There is none between deterrence and that source. The threat of general war stems basically from a conflict of objectives backed by power. Any approach to the essential problems of war and peace must address that conflict.
- Government and Political Science