December 6, 1985

Nuclear Threat: What About the Russians?-Reply

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University of Missouri-Kansas City

JAMA. 1985;254(21):3034. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360210046015

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In Reply.—  I have read the correspondence from Drs Deusenberg, Nernoff, and Seenewald. Dr Sennewald's comments have the grace of humor, or at least its extension, satire. When a situation is too painful, sometimes there is solace in wit. In reading the words of Drs Deusenberg and Nernoff, I am reminded of the song in "South Pacific," "You Have Got to Be Taught How to Hate."These correspondents enthusiastically say why my essay is "impossible." I recall similar negative, even hostile, remarks when several of us in 1971 proposed we get on with exchanges with the People's Republic of China although we were told their government was a cruel dictatorship. Each of us remembers the descriptions of "the millions of Mao's blue ants." President Nixon in 1972 signed an agreement that in no manner changed the Chinese government but instead, "we agree to disagree." Now there are thousands of students