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The page says "there's a reason the United States never had a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union: they didn't want to be destroyed themselves. note-But damned if both weren't just itching to condemn millions of the other side's people to fiery death."
One could argue that the real (and most important) reason the US never had a nuclear exchange with the USSR is that we didn't really want to condemn millions of their people to fiery death, and that any indication that we would have wiped them out if it wouldn't result in our own destruction was really just political posturing.
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