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27 March 2014


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Thanks, Marcy...

& here I was thinking I'm the only "young un'" (or should it be "young fool") in this Gentlemen's Club...

William R. Cumming

Thanks for this extract and all your other perceptive comments!


As I recall, in Hackett's novel, Minsk and Birmingham are destroyed in nuclear missile strikes. Strikes that end the war right then and there.



There used to what amounted to an academic/wizards of Armageddon industry devoted to selling the idea that escalation in a US/USSR engagement could be halted by such a deliberate, well communicated exchange. I never believed that to be true and I do not now. Humans are not constitutes in that way. In reality, fighting, blood draining situations the demonic side of human nature emerges and is uncontrollable in ways depicted in escalation theories. pl

William R. Cumming

PL! Could not agree more with your excellent comment!

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