IT’S WITH A SINKING HEART that we watch work continuing in this country on launching bases for an American missile that, after eight months of testing, hadn't got off the ground successfully. And we’re not simply joining the jeering section at the U. S. rocket failures. Even it the BomarcB eventually lives up to General Pearkes’ fondest hopes, the installations will still represent a foolish fraud. Each missile, when it works, will probably explode an attacking airplane in dandy style. But if the Russians (who else?) decide on the ultimate insanity, why should they bother sending planes over us or at us? I heir intercontinental missiles could pulverize any given area. And there is no defense against the ICBMs. Even the most advanced warning systems — still years away from general deployment — could give heavily settled areas only 15 minutes’ warning at best. Perhaps Gen. Pearkes is sustained by the thought that "some defense is better than none.” But, in this long and fateful crisis, any defense policy is worse than none if it leads some frightened people to grasp at straws when only a clear understanding of the stark realities offers any hope for the survival of the world as we know' it.
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