"Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety." By Eric Schlosser. Penguin Press. 632 pages. $36.Today the world's attention is focused on Damascus, Syria, and its chemical weapons. Thirty-three years ago, events in Damascus, Ark. -- also home to weapons of mass destruction -- mesmerized the globe.For almost nine hours starting on Sept. 18, 1980, brave airmen sought to contain the damage precipitated by a dropped wrench socket that hit a Titan II missile -- which was tipped with a W-53 thermonuclear warhead -- in its silo. The socket pierced the missile's skin, causing fuel and oxidizer leaks.