New START Treaty
If the U.S. wants peace, it must prepare for nuclear war

To the editor: I strongly disagree with Joe Cirincione's belief that the U.S. ought not continue to modernize its formidable nuclear arsenal. ("How big a nuclear arsenal do we really need?," Op-Ed, Oct. 21) As the Romans knew so well, Si vis pacem, para bellum, or, "If you want peace, prepare for war." I say this with full cognizance of the effects of nuclear war. People without conscience rise to positions of power often. America should spend whatever it takes to maintain a modern and formidable nuclear arsenal. Anything less is irresponsible. Arthur Vallejo, Cerritos .. To the editor: Cirincione asks rhetorically how China would react to the U.S. spending...