Keep nuclear weapons out of reach

You could just get rid of all your nuclear weapons, of course. But if you can’t get your head around the idea of nuclear nakedness, you could at least store your magical cloak in the closet, safely out of the reach of foolish children.

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A Trident submarine, one in the United Kingdom's nuclear-capable fleet, leaves its base in the Firth of Clyde.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Friday, 10/05/2012 12:27 am EDT

The major powers have all had their nuclear weapons on permanent alert, ready to launch in minutes or hours, for the past 40 years. Changes in the level of political risk, even the end of the Cold War, have had little or no effect on that. But wouldn’t it be safer and cheaper to “simply put [the nuclear deterrent] away in a cupboard and keep it as a contingency in case there were ever to be a deterioration in the global security picture?”

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