Klare, Michael T., 1942-

Intervention and the nuclear firebreak in the Middle East

This article discusses the danger of having a nuclear war between the superpowers in the Middle East since the U.S. has nuclear-armed ships in the eastern Mediterranean that are within range of the Soviet-supplied SS21s in Syria, and since there are also Soviet submarines in the Mediterranean that could, according to the author, attack U.S. nuclear-armed carriers. The article argues that an indigenous local conflict with its very high level of conventional violence will bring in the superpowers; then, finding themselves facing possible defeat, they will escalate rather than withdraw; and if unable to escalate in the conventional arena, they will do so in the tactical nuclear arena, thereby setting off the chain reaction leading to World War III.

Nuclear weapons--Near East

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