Regarding Ramesh Thakur’s Dec. 16 article, “Reducing the global threat posed by nuclear weapons“: Uh, good luck with that! The United States and the Soviet Union came very close to nuclear conflict a number of times during the dark days of the Cold War, either because of a misunderstanding in communications or because of a simple glitch in the early warning defense system of one country or the other.

Human error could trigger nuclear war very easily, especially when you factor in panic or overwhelming fear. Then there is the age-old problem of hubris. Humanity’s worst flaw is its ugly pride — not backing down when threatened.

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