]]]]]]]]]] THE ARMENIAN EARTHQUAKE AND SOVIET CIVIL DEFENSE [[[[[[ (1/6/89) 1/1/89 Dear Prof. Beckmann: What does the aftermath of the Armenian earthquake indicate about Soviet Civil Defense? Could it be that FIGHTING CHANCE stretched the truth to suit their dogmatic religious agenda? If so, they embarrassed me and YOU. I had sent copies of the book to many friends and relatives. Do you think that their claims regarding Soviet Civil Defense can be still defended? If not, do you agree with me that they should be "hung by their b***s?" Sincerely, R.P., Palo Alto, Calif. Dear R.P.: Try reading AtE more attentively before hanging people. I quote from the June 1986 AtE Editorial, "Chernobyl:" "Third, the Soviet contempt for human life is not limited to their policy on containment buildings... They have a full-fledged civil defense in place, but it is meant for war, and nuclear black- mail, not for nuclear disasters. They didn't use it for 36 hours dur- ing which hundreds must have been accumulating lethal radiation doses. Perhaps they thought the fire would be put out quickly and hope to get by with a few hundred unseen deaths in preference to a visible evacua- tion. But more probably, and more frighteningly, they failed to use their civil defense through sheer incompetence." That latter hypothesis has been strengthened by their behavior in Armenia. Quite apart from civil defense, foreign aid and supplies were taken to some villages only to be taken back to Yerevan airport because no bureaucrat willing to sign for it could be found. But when used as a military weapon, Soviet CD will work just as everything else in the military works -- the only part of the USSR that does work. FIGHTING CHANCE (Box 1279, Cave Junction, OR 97523) is doing a superb job in substituting for a weak, negligent and opportunistic government. They continue to have my full support -- and I hope every Freeman's, especially now that Dr Art Robinson has been suddenly and tragically bereft of his wife and carries on alone. Sincerely, P.B.
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