response to those who say that the Soviet nuclear accident [at
Chernobyl] was due less to nuclear energy in general than to "that lousy Soviet technology" in particular, I say that the
risks to the masses of us people are too great. It is only a
fool who believes he can always control everything, and we mere
mortals must never underestimate the astronomically immense
power of the atom.
In addition, let us never for a moment forget
that it is exactly "that lousy Soviet technology" that is
controlling their massive nuclear arsenal, aimed at us!
Regardless of how good American military technology is and will
be, it is Soviet technology preventing the accidental launching
of their nuclear warheads targeted at us -- quite literally,
our lives are in their hands, not our own!
So the next time a politician comes up with an
excuse, no matter how seemingly good or poor, about why there
will not soon be a verifiable nuclear treaty between us two
superpowers limiting nuclear weapons to strategic, not
human-extinction-producing numbers, just remember those perhaps
thousands of common...[Ukrainian] men, women, and children who
died and will continue to die, most hideously by radiation,
because of this nuclear accident; and ask yourself, "What
would they have given for another chance at life?"