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'SDI: a Camel's Nose Under Tent'

February 27, 1987

I fervently hope that the clear thinking of Smullin and Tsipis is reflected in congressional denial of "Star Wars" deployment, but this struggle between those who profit from wars and those who die in them is now new.

In March, 1934, Fortune magazine carried a survey of the world's arms business and exposed its two goals: "A. Prolong War: B. Disturb Peace." Nothing has changed since then except everything. Today, nuclear or biological or chemical wear in a world bulging with 5 billion people is no longer merely an extension of foreign policy, it is disaster with no winners.

Robert Scheer, in his book, "With Enough Shovels," has documented the origins of our present war hawks in the team of civilians brought into the CIA by George Bush in 1975-76. Those are the ideologues, powerful now under President Reagan, who are disturbing peace with their thinly disguised try for first-strike capability called SDI or Star Wars.

In our precarious world we cannot allow madmen to endanger our posterity with nuclear war even though it comes wrapped in Hollywood special effects and hollow promises.

WILLARD OLNEY

Hesperia

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