SALT II and ultimate security

As the debate on ratification of SALT II enters its final stage in the United States Senate, there is an upsurge of suspicion on both sides of the great-power divide that one party may be trying to outmaneuver or gain unfair advantage over the other. While supporters of the agreement in the United States see it as a positive step, some sincere opponents of the treaty argue that the present draft is careless of the United States' ultimate national security.

There has been alarm over the reported presence of a Soviet combat brigade in Cuba and troop reinforcements on islands off Japan. The Soviet Union is campaigning to thwart the deployment of new nuclear missiles in Western Europe.

These developments give edge to the threat of nuclear war—a danger with which the planet has now managed to live for decades. Many individuals may feel helpless and are resigned to living with the danger. But they need not be. There is something an individual can do to dispel fear, to advance security, to replace the threat of war with the prospect of peace—to bring human government closer to the divine pattern. He or she can prayerfully realize that God's government is in fact already established. The spiritual discernment and living of this inalterable fact will be reflected in human experience.

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No division in Spirit
November 19, 1979

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