US must stop playing with nuclear hellfire
Date Written: 26/07/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX19834
The chances of nuclear destruction are higher than in the Cold War due to recent US foreign policy actions, including the positioning of armed forces positioned on Russia's borders.
But don't these examples prove that accidental nuclear war is unlikely? That conclusion is a dangerous illusion, argues Perry, because the price of being mistaken is so high and because the world is a more dangerous place than it was in 1980.
And given the old rule in nuclear warfare - use 'em, or lose 'em - uncertainty is the last thing one wants to engender in a nuclear-armed foe. Indeed, the idea of no "specific nuclear thresholds" is one of the most extraordinarily dangerous and destabilizing concepts to come along since the invention of nuclear weapons.