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Back in the 1980's, the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction seemed very real and very frightening. With the Cold War still very much a real threat to peace, the mad doctrine was that two sides who used their full scale nuclear weapons all at once, would essentially wipe each other out. Scientists believed that this outcome would act as a deterrent to action. Of course, not everyone felt the same, and there was much talk of a ways in which to gain the upper hand with first strike. All in all, it was a worrying time, because the world was on the edge, so it seemed. Gillan wrote this song to highlight the insanity of mad and the futility of war in general. Thankfully sense prevailed. For now!
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