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Arms Race, Round 2

April 03, 1993

It is my calculation that the dangerous equation involving the world's current arms deals ("Arms Race, Round 2," March 23) and the Defense Department's cutbacks and military base closures equals a solution of possible catastrophic proportions.

How many times do we have to learn the painful lessons of the past that inadequate defenses, or weak international posture, often results in breaches of security. Part of this equation is not so much a negative commentary on the aggressive nature of man as it is a simple fact of truth that should be heeded.

Likewise, arming nations and peoples who have demonstrated long histories of ideological differences, is inherently not dangerous. But arming Third-World countries combined with scaled-down U.S. military defenses and denying the logical results only hastens us all down the road toward our own demise.

RONALD CHARLES NESBITT

Corona

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