The movie Fail-Safe http://www.destgulch.com/movies/fsafe/ [Broken] came up in another thread, and then by chance it was on yesterday so my wife Tsu I watched it. When it was over and we were both still sitting on the edge of our seats, Tsu commented that this movie really defined the fear of a generation [or two or three]. If you haven't seen it, you should stop reading this now and rent the movie. If you have seen it, how do you feel about the final option chosen by Fonda? Looking back now, being that the Soviet collapsed without a shot [missile] being fired, it is easy to say that the decision would have been correct. But the argument existed all along on both sides that since WWIII seemed all but enevitable, we should strike first if the opportunity arose. In fact this is much like the logic that we see claimed today in Bush's "pre-emptive" invasion of Iraq. It was once common for high school students to be given similar problems as a political science exercise. And it was also common for twelth graders, for example, to opt for all out nuclear war given these types of scenarios! It could be quite terrifying to see how difficult it was to avoid WWIII, even given the best intentions of idealistic and naive seventeen year olds.