Writing about the 2009 collision of two nuclear submarines (one French and one British), TIME magazine reporter Eben Harrel eloquently and succinctly summed up the nuclear gamble:
Twenty years after the end of the cold war, humanity still lives within 30 minutes of its own destruction. The price we pay for maintaining nuclear weapons is the gamble that the highly improbable will not lead to the unthinkable. The question to ask after this latest nervy episode: is it worth it?
Two years later, Harrell’s question is still valid.