James R. Slater
To the editor:
In 1945, America was the country that first let the genie out of the bottle. This event led to the end the second world war, and left America supreme over other nations on this planet militarily. The fateful event was the detonation of a nuclear device.
Since then, a number of other countries have done the same, even those who say they haven’t. The weapons got bigger in yield, but became smaller later as better delivery systems were developed.
In earlier wars, the politicians and military leaders could stand back and direct the battles in relatively safe areas, but Genie changed all of that. From all of this was born Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). You hit us, and we’ll hit you. Everyone loses. Safe areas ceased to exist.