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Can Nuclear Weapons Deter State-Sponsored Terrorism?

Wednesday, 19 September 2001 12:00 AM

During the Iran-Iraq War, Saddam Hussein killed tens of thousands of people using chemical agents. Robinson, former head of the U.S. nuclear weapons program and an adviser to the U.S. Space Command, says Hussein possessed large stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons during the Gulf War.

But those weapons were not used. Why?

Robinson suggests that America's nuclear capabilities deterred their use. "Many military experts I've talked to are absolutely convinced it was because of a secret letter sent by President Bush threatening the gravest consequences if such weapons were released."

However, says Robinson, we need different nuclear weapons to use deterrence in the post-Cold War era.

Robinson adds that he supports deep cuts in offensive nuclear weapons proposed by President Bush, and the development of a national missile defense.

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