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In April 1937, on the 20th anniversary of America's entrance into World War I, Adm. Richard E. Byrd, as honorary chairman of the No-Foreign-War Crusade, calls for an expanded effort to prevent the outbreak of another great war.
And there was the underlying fear that an atomic bombardment might not produce a decisive victory after all—that the nuclear deterrent would not deter. Because no one had much experience with this new class of weapon or warfare, strategic planning for the war in Korea was more than a heated battleground—it was nuclear kindergarten.
Roy: The price to keep the USSR in check was steep: the use of a weapon of mass destruction that caused around 200,000 deaths (most of them civilians) and massive suffering through radiation . However, it did not stop the USSR from creating the same weapon within four years.