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Since the Cold War is over, what is the greatest threat to the survival of humanity today?

Global Warming?

Pollution?

Resource depletion?

No; it's still nuclear war.

The big forty-seven nation nuclear summit was last Tuesday. I spent two hours on YouTube that day, looking at videos of nuclear explosions. It wasn't a pleasant thing to do. The whole time, my face was screwed up in a grimace, and I felt a painful queasiness in my chest. It's what I felt I had to do, however, on that day, that particular day, and as I watched video after video of blossoming mushroom clouds, buildings burned then blown down, vehicles flashed into flame and bowled over, I kept thinking, "This is what we're trying to prevent. This is what we're trying to prevent. This is what we're all working so hard to prevent."

Now that the Cold War is over and there is no more MAD policy of mutually assured destruction hanging over all of our heads, the impetus of the threat has shifted to "rogue nations" acquiring nuclear weapons and delivery systems and a terrorist bomb, terrorists getting a hold of nuclear material and actually constructing a thermonuclear device, or just wrapping a conventional explosive in nuclear material and making a "dirty bomb." Either one is a nightmare scenario.

Would they do it if they could, the terrorists?

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