Terrorism in the nuclear era raises the distinctly unpleasant and highly dangerous possibility of the use of a nuclear device by terrorists. Such an incident would be serious enough by itself, but its effect could very well produce an extraordinarily serious crisis which might precipitate war.
Frank, Forrest R.
"Nuclear Terrorism and the Escalation of International Conflict,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 29
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol29/iss4/4