Great posts, plowboy, thanks a million!Y
"""""The main players were the United States and the Soviet Union because these two countries developed enough nuclear weapons to wipe out the planet numerous times over. There were other nuclear-armed nations, but the US and USSR were the big dogs on the radioactive porch."""""
You use the past tense ("were"), but you know, don't bet on that altogether.
I wish it were otherwise and I mean don't lose sleep over this or anything, but....
Can you say, "Boom"?!