The Question of the Bomb

"The Question of the Bomb," Spectator, April 18, 1958.


The choice for Europe is not between servitude and survival on the one hand and catastrophe on the other. That choice is out of its hands. The real European choice is between a military readiness to defend itself with conventional arms, which means having to do without as many tele- vision sets, cigarettes and washing machines as, it would like; and an unqualified reliance on the deterrent value of the Bomb, with all that implies. Putting it in such terms, one sees how over- whelming are the reasons for pessimism.