Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger in his article (Editorial Pages, July 9), "Strategic Defense Initiative: Creating Options for a Safer World," reminds us that American science and engineering have often surmounted seemingly impossible problems and challenges.
But what if the U.S.S.R. was the first to build the type of shield that the United States is trying to build in the framework of the "Star Wars" program? Some time ago Secretary Weinberger was openly disturbed over such a possibility. He said that if the Soviets were to build it first, things would become very dangerous in the world. According to him, it would be very much like a world with the Soviets having nuclear weapons and the United States not having them.
So Weinberger himself has discovered the true meaning of the Strategic Defense Initiative. That is what the Soviet people should have in mind. We know that Washington refuses to follow the Soviet example and take the obligation not to be the first to use nuclear weapons.
We in the Soviet Union don't exactly eat soup using our shoe for a spoon. Our national industry is capable of producing all types of modern weaponry, which the U.S. has now or is going to have in the future.