Deseret News
Letter to the Editor

Perhaps the best way to avoid nuclear war is to replace our nuclear weapons with space-based weaponry. Nuclear bombs are inefficient anyway. They expend too much power in a very small area, and they contaminate the land.

Although the Outer Space Treaty prohibits the placement of weapons of mass destruction in orbit, the U.S. government has long been involved in developing high-energy laser weapons.

Nearly every nation on Earth already has the technology and resources to establish a space-based defense system. The best defense is a credible offense. Let us convert our nuclear weapons and resources into electric power. In that way, we can recover much of the expense of our nuclear arsenal. Keep in mind that whoever gets there first will have a great deal of influence over international affairs.

Space-based weapons may possibly be able to target a wider area without radioactive contamination. If the enemy chooses to warn us, we can move our entire population underground. After the dust settles in a day or two, we can come out and begin to rebuild from scratch. Of course, most of our farm animals and wildlife creatures will, unfortunately, be destroyed, but we will probably save most of our dogs and cats.

Wallace Haynes

West Valley City