Alas, Babylon

How does the release of the weapons emphasize the importance of time?

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The accidental nature of the bombing of the Syrian port also emphasizes the role that randomness and chance play in war. Sometimes a small, mistaken action can begin a chain reaction and eventually lead to something bigger and much more terrible than anyone desired. This mistake is clearly meant to initiate the Soviet nuclear attack and illustrate that sometimes all it takes is a single slip to start a war.