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Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University of Wellington. Vol. 24, No. 5. 1961



Once it is accepted that the use of nuclear weapons may be both justified and expedient, the same will be seen of the nuclear tests essential to their development. Underground tests add no radiation to the atmosphere, and any future tests would aim at developing smaller and "cleaner" devices. Only France has conducted tests in the last two years, as far as is known.

The world now finds itself in a ghastly predicament. There is no simple solution. Only intellectual honesty and unfailing devotion to principle can assist a solution. Let the protest marchers ponder the problem themselves and beware of ready-made conclusions and catchphraseti if the march is to he of constructive value and something more than an unreasoned gesture of blind protest.