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The Americans, who did more than any other people to provide muscle for the new world order when it was getting on its feet, are not without blame. It should be noted that there is an important difference between criticism of United States policies and practices in specific terms, and septic anti-Americanism. By confusing criticism of the behavior of the USSR with anti-communism, American ideologues have themselves encouraged parallel simplicities, but that does not make mindless anti-Americanism any more rational.
Remote, uninforceable standards and untutored public eagerness make the lingua franca a plastic medium ready for the coarse distortions of, inter alia, vulgar Marxism. Mandarin yields to Newspeak. In the meantime vernacular languages hang precariously on the wayside. Often they are not taught in schools. In a police state their usage is valuable but it has to be managed wisely to avoid suspicions of conspiracy or factionalism. The emotional satisfaction that they may give-the satisfaction of feeling at home in one's own language-is often outweighed by the overwhelming practical advantages of the lingua franca.
For one thing, this knowledge of the danger-what my friend Joseph Nye calls "the crystal ball effect" (the fact that statesmen can scarcely entertain any illusions about the effects of using the weapon)-is perhaps not enough to guarantee that it will never be used. Technological developments, which make major parts of the nuclear forces in each camp vulnerable, and the political rivalry between the superpowers, which in some regions of the POLICIES AND STRATEGIES 35 world confront each other through clients over whom they have no control but whose support they do not wish to lose, are likely to combine one day in such a way that what McGeorge Bundy has called "existential deterrence," that is the mere existence of an obvious risk of mutual destruction, will no longer be enough to prevent a first strike made with the idea that the consequences will be less awful than those of a possible first strike by the enemy.