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Declassified Cold War Files Show Disturbing Nuclear Targeting of Population Centers

Among the industrial infrastructure and military sites that analysts concluded would achieve “high levels of damage” for the Soviet Union is one particularly troubling type of target: “population.” “It’s disturbing, for sure, to see the population centers targeted,” William Burr, a nuclear historian and senior analyst at the National Security Archive, told the New York Times. The SAC [Strategic Air …