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December 6, 1985

Nuclear Threat: What About the Russians?

Author Affiliations

Lancaster, Pa

JAMA. 1985;254(21):3033. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360210046013

To the Editor.—  The SPECIAL COMMUNICATIONS section of the Aug 2 issue, summed up in Dr Lundberg's editorial1 as "Prescriptions for Peace in the Nuclear Age," in addition to reiterating standard leftist peace formulas, also contains some surprising instances of ignorance and gullibility.Noteworthy is Dr Dimond's2 goofy proposal of an involuntary exchange of hostages between the US and the USSR. Amazingly, he ignores or is simply unaware of the Soviet Union's largely bloody history, from the more than 6 million Ukrainians starved to death by Stalin's forced collectivization in the 1930s (a holocaust given little press these days) to their latest perverse obliteration of human rights activism (just in time for the tenth anniversary of the Helsinki accords). There are quite a bit more bloody tramplings in between that seem to escape Dr Dimond's febrile imagination.In view of this horrifying Soviet record, can one be even slightly