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Star Wars or Bust
By Arthur Hoppe
If you already have a headache, there's
no reason to read this column. It's about
the administration's current attempt to
reinterpret the Anti-Ballistic Missile
Treaty so that it won't interfere with
News stories have
detailed the hubbub
this new policy of
"broadly interpreting" the treaty has
raised in Congress
and with our NATO
allies, but none I
read told me what
the argument was
I finally came a-
cross an account in The Defense Monitor, a widely respected publication ofthe
Center for Defense Information in
Washington. Seeing that the fate of life
on this planet could conceivably hinge
on the issue, I thought I'd do my best to
outline it here. Bear with me.
The ABM Treaty was signed by President Nixon and Secretary Brezhnev in
1972. Its basic purpose was to ensure the
policy of Mutually Assured Destruction
or MAD—the policy we have relied upon
to ensure nuclear peace, rightly or
wrongly, for the past 40 vears.
Thus the treaty limits each power to
protecting either its capital or one missile site with ABMs—thereby leaving
the rest of each country completely
vulnerable to incoming enemy missiles.
To Curl her bolster MAI), the treaty also
limits both us and the Soviet Union to
"no more than one hundred ABM
launchers and no more than one
hundred ABM interceptor missiles."
Most important, both countries
agreed under the treaty "not to develop,
test, or deploy ABM systems or components which are sea-based, air-based,
space-based or mobile land-based." In
other words, the only missiles that could
be developed, tested or deployed were
land-based missiles in fixed sites.
So what about Star Wars? It is, of
course, a space-based system specifically forbidden by the treaty. To shoot
down thousands of incoming Soviet
missiles and dummies, it would possibly
require more than a hundred interceptor
missiles. And lastly, it is designed to
defend the entire United States, thus
abrogating MAD, the verjf policy the
ABM Treaty was written to ensure.
How then can the administration
"broadly interpret" the treaty to permit
it to go ahead with Star Wars? The
Defense Monitor says the new interpretation is hinged on the advanced technology involved, such as laser and
particle beams. Agreed Statement (D)
which accompanied the ABM Treaty
says, "The parties agree that in the
event ABM systems based on other
physical principles ... are created in
the future, specific limitations on such
systems and their components would be
subject to discussion."
The administration apparently feels
this allows them to create and deploy
any ABM system they want using
"other physical principles"—as long as
they talk about it afterward.
But the Defense Monitor says this
clause "actually makes the Treaty more
strict." It refers only to fixed land-based
missiles using other principles, for
that's the only kind the treaty permits.
And it requires that "specific limitations" on even these systems can be
negotiated—certainly before and not
after they are deployed.'
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So much for Star Wars.
As I pored through all this turgid language and convoluted reasoning, I had
the noble feeling that I was doing my
duty to become a well-informed citizen
in a democracy—the kind of feeling you
get when you wade through a ballot
But the more I thought about it, the
more sure I became that the administration would interpret the treaty any
damn way it pleased. Logic had nothing
to do with it. And if for some inconceivable reason, it was stopped from irrationally interpreting the treaty, it would
simply break it—just the way it broke
the SALT II agreement. We don't
observe treaties that no longer serve our
So I felt as though I had waded
through all the ballot arguments only to
find that my vote didn't count. And,
more and more these days, it doesn't
seem to. How's your headache?
p'1987 (S.F.) Chronicle Publishing Company
'Bugs' in Phone
May be Real
AUBURN, Ala. (UPI)-That crackle
sometimes heard in a phone may mean
the line is bugged—literally—by cockroaches, spiders or wasps, says an
expert hired by South Central Bell to
debug its equipment.
South Central Bell officials estimate
the company spends $22 million a year
repairing insect damage to telephone
Arthur Appel, an assistant entomology professor at Auburn University,
said Wednesday that cockroaches, fire
ants and wasps are the most common
insects found in phone equipment, and
they can cause extensive damage.
"Wasps and hornets can get into
equipment and cause personnel to be
stung," Appel said. "Also, spiders spinning webs across terminals—especially
when the humidity is high—cause moisture to collect on the terminal, leading to
shorting out or glitches in your telephone connection.
'Termites ... can actually bore
through cable lines."
MARCH 20, 1987 / MONTROSE VOICE 19
Old Friend Puts Leo
Back on Course
By Mark Orion
Your Horoscope trom the Voice
For Friday evening. March 20. through Friday
morning. March 26. 1987:
ARIES—Relief from the confusion that
started off March still isn't in sight, but a
good guide in this time is to emphasize
the spirtual over the physical.
TAURUS—Something weird and
wonderful comes right atyou from a most
unlikely place. There's no way to plan for
or expect who or what it is, but wowee
and wahoo! What kind of love is this?
You're going to love it, whatever it is,
that's for sure.
GEMINI—First you want one thing,
then another. First a friend, then a lover.
You can't quite make up your mind. Perhaps you're too analytical in an area
where analysis has little value. So, step
back. Enjoy the times
CANCER—You're the playboy of the
zodiac this time—playful, cheerful, childlike and funloving. You're able to give
darker moments your own light touch.
That should make you popular, especially with one person who needs that
LEO—Last time you were showing
someone else how to do it, but this time,
someone's showing you. In trying too
hard to be everything you want, this person may put you off. But is too much
really too much? Communicating with an
old friend will put you back on course.
VIRGO—You're going to find out what
friendship is for. Whether it's an old friend
or a new one, a casual or a best friend,
something special is going to happen for
the two of you together, and bring you
closer than you've ever been.
LIBRA—Been missing magic and
excitement? Here it comes, back with a
bang. Fireworks in the springtime foryou
this time. Explosive creative energy
vibrates through all the aspects of your
life. Lots of lights and action.
SCORPIO—Think twice! Something
that looks like an offer you can't refuse, or
someone who looks like a perfect ten
could be just what you don't need. You
don't have to develop a full-blown paranoia, but be more cautious than usual.
Don't take the bait.
SAGITTARIUS—Your mind is working
overtime on all those pieces you have to
put together. Just when life is feeling like
the world's biggest jigsaw puzzle, someone or something from the past shows up
to point out the missing part
CAPRICORN—As someone moves
away, someone else moves closer. Don't
let the end of one relationship blind you
to the possibilities a new one has to offer.
Learn the value of saying both goodbye
and hello in just the right way.
AQUARIUS—Christmas in the spring?
You've got a present coming that will
make you feel like it. It's something you
deserve, but also something unexpected.
Untie the ribbon and open the box. Can
you believe this one?
PISCES—Its your move. Someone
expects you to make the next one, too.
Don't let all of life's busy stuff get in the
way of what's most important. Take care
of business, then take care of that next
move. Make it!
'1987 MONTROSE VOICE
In Monttose, Neatly
Everyone Reads the Voice