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             Would You Save Your Family and Yourself
              OR Would You Rather Die In the Flames?
                      By Arthur B. Robinson,
             Co-Author of the book, and editor of the
                    newsletter FIGHTING CHANCE
   There are actually a few people who think that life without luxu-

ries for a few years wouldn't be worth living. They have a low view

of the meaning and importance of life. We are not directing our argu- ments to change their minds. We are arguing to convince other people – people who, in a fire in the middle of the night, will grab their children and run out of the house.

   About 28 percent of the world's civilian population is protected 

from nuclear war. You are not.

   There are people who think that nuclear war is unthinkable.  

These people clearly are not Soviet military strategists, who have thought about it carefully for four decades. They have built the largest military force the world has ever seen. They also have pro- tected their civilian population from nuclear war.

   The two Communist superpowers, the Soviet Union and Red China 

have understood the realities of nuclear war. They have built nation- wide nuclear defense shelters. So have the Swiss.

   What isn't generally known outside of Switzerland is that the 

entire Swiss population is now sheltered from atomic attack. There are substantial but lesser civil defense programs in some other coun- tries such as Sweden. The rest of the world, especially the U.S., has not understood and is undefended.



   There is a reason why the Communist powers are prepared for 

nuclear war: they plan on fighting one. They are both prepared to take the steps necessary to provide themselves with not only a fight- ing chance, but also a high probability of victory.

   Some say the Soviets have amassed the largest arsenal on the face 

of the earth as a "defense." Let them tell it to Afghanistan. Let them tell it to Poland. Let them tell it to someone who is totally ignorant of the history of the Soviet Union. Don't tell it to us. We cannot take the risk of dying in a fantasy world.

   If our enemies are at some point willing to bring the "game" to 

its climax, 200 million Americans will die, unless we develop AND DEPLOY new defensive strategies.

   Today, we have no shelters.  We have no anti-missile and virtu-

ally no anti-aircraft defense. Our American based soldiers have no shelters either. We are at the mercy of the Soviet General Staff. We cannot even protect ourselves from a single terrorist nuclear weapon.

   What should be argued no longer is the need for a place for our 

people to hide when the missiles begin to fly. Today, there is no way for the United States' military to shoot down the missiles before they reach their targets. Those of us who are targets – and this may mean all of us – want to get out of range. The first step for our protec- tion is to build a passive defense system.

   Certain political groups who advocate unilateral disarmament and 

surrender of the United States have originated doomsday claims for the purpose of frightening Americans into remaining unprepared.

   They have claimed that a so-called "nuclear winter" would make 

the earth uninhabitable. All responsible scientific studies of this subject have concluded that no "nuclear winter" would occur. The "nuclear winter" claim has been completely discredited in the scienti- fic literature.

   They have claimed that the earth would become so radioactive that 

it would be uninhabitable. Even in the worst possible nuclear war, life threatening levels of radiation would not remain more than two weeks in most locations. In fact, in most areas of the United States the radiation would decay to a non-lethal level within a few days or less. If Americans have proper shelters – as the Soviets, Chinese, Swiss, and Swedish people have today, then they would be protected from harm during the brief period of radiation danger.

   They have claimed that great firestorms would kill virtually all 

urban Americans. In fact very few American cities are constructed in such a way that firestorms could occur. Moreover, in properly de- signed shelters our people would be safe even from this threat. Dur- ing the firestorms in Germany during World War II, the people who were in proper public shelters survived.

   But what about chemical and biological weapons?  
   Good shelters protect us from those threats too. In fact, there 

is only one phenomenon of nuclear war that can surely cost you your life. That is the phenomenon of fear – if that fear causes you to make no preparations ahead of time to survive.

   What if we could get into a shelter that would protect us from 

nuclear attack? If we can show you that you could survive, would you buy a lifetime ticket on the "subway" for $300? Would you buy tickets for your family members? If you could charge it to your credit card today, would you do it?

   If you don't have the cash right now, would you be willing to ask 

your Congressman to buy one for you and bill it to the Department of Defense? We know WE would be willing.

   Many Americans pay $300 and more each year for life insurance 

alone. What are your odds of dying this year? We believe that Ameri- cans should spend $300 on nuclear war "life insurance" protection AND LIVE.

   What do we need to survive a nuclear attack?  Not many citizens 

know. But every concerned citizen needs to find out.

   We are proposing a mass produced shelter system that works.  All 

the engineering and testing is complete. It is a shelter system that will protect American families from nuclear attack.

   It will cost $200 per sheltered space for the shelter itself, 

plus $100 per person for post-attack food, survival, and rebuilding supplies. This is the minimum for assured survival. However . . .


[Regardless of philosophical and religious differences, I MOST HIGHLY RECOMMEND the incomparable work Dr and Mrs Robinson are doing on dis- tributing the book and newsletter FIGHTING CHANCE, which will do more to prevent nuclear war than all the wishful thinking on T-shirts and bumperstickers. Become a member of Dr Robinson's organization. Help distribute the Petition in Support of American Civil Defense and collect signatures for it (see Operations Room of this Fort); write for the literature available from them; write for their video tapes; subscribe to their newsletter; and send a contribution. The address is

                       FIGHTING CHANCE
                          Box 1279
                   Cave Junction, OR 97523.]

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