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Monday, Feb 10, 2003

bomb squad

"The euphoria in the West following the collapse of the Soviet Union had an amazing effect. The general public came to believe that the end of the cold war also meant the end of the nuclear peril, and that the nuclear issue could be taken off the agenda of important problems. This is seen in a public opinion poll in the UK about the most important issues facing Britain. During the cold war, more than 40 per cent put nuclear weapons as such an issue. Since the end of it, the percentage dropped rapidly, and nowadays is practically zero."