Nuclear Disasters

The false alarm in Hawaii shows nuclear weapons don't have to explode to terrorize us

The false alarm in Hawaii shows nuclear weapons don't have to explode to terrorize us

To the editor: Happily, the missile alert in Hawaii proved to be a false alarm, but what if the purported target had been Washington? With the added warning of “THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” would our president have waited 38 minutes to confirm whether it was the real thing? (“For nearly 40 minutes, Hawaii thought the end was near. Why did it take so long to learn missile alert was a mistake?” Jan. 13)

We can only guess what would have happened, but this incident, like others in the past, highlights the risk of launching a global war — a war that could easily become a...

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