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An e-mail:

watched part of dr. strangelove the other night and caught this bit of

dialogue. the russian ambassador has just told the U.S. president of the

doomsday machine. seemed timely.

(President) Muffley:

But this is absolute madness, ambassador. Why should you build such a thing?

(Russian Ambassador) DeSadeski:

There are those of us who fought against it, but in the end we could not keep

up with the expense involved in the arms race, the space race, and the peace

race. And at the same time our people grumbled for more nylons and washing

machines. Our doomsday scheme cost us just a small fraction of what we’d been

spending on defense in a single year. But the deciding factor was when we

learned that your country was working along similar lines, and we were afraid

of a doomsday gap.

Muffley:

This is preposterous. I’ve never approved of anything like that.

DeSadeski:

Our source was the New York Times.

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