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Jewish Rhetorics and the Contemplation of a Diminished Future

alternative. As a child of the Cold War in New York, it was possible to take some comfort in a simple binary: either nuclear war would be avoided or New York would be reduced to white ash, overkill serving to spare its people the extended drama of whatever aftermath ensued. But grown-ups in the Pentagon were obliged to seriously inquire whether survivors of nuclear devastation might not “envy the dead,” and these warriors took courage from the bald assertions of Herman Kahn Herman Kahn, On Thermonuclear War , Princeton University Press (1960). —a Cohen Gadol of RAND

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