The red "Hawks" on the rationality of nuclear war

by Roman Kolkowicz

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A consideration of the latest phase in the relations between the military and the Communist Party in the USSR. Under Khrushchev and his successors, the rejection of nuclear war as a political weapon has prevailed. A military spokesman, Lt. Col. E. Rybkin, however, has attacked these views as defeatist and politically dangerous. His opinions, in turn, have been indirectly countered in the Polish press by Prof. J. J. Wiatr. This Memorandum discusses the arguments for both attitudes, and gives observations and conclusions based on them. Both Rybkin's and Wiatr's articles are appended.

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