Curiously, Morrison's interpretation of the Akedah inverts the sacrificial narrative in a way similar to the narratives we will trace in Fail-Safe and WarGames.
To argue that the self-immolations of Vietnamese monks directly inspired Fail-Safe, or that Fail-Safe somehow supplied Morrison with inverted Abrahamic imagery, would be to reduce a complex web of relations to a facile causal chain.
We find a similar form of protest in Fail-Safe. Part of "a cycle of American anti-nuclear and anti-Cold War movies made in the early to mid-1960s," Fail-Safe reveals its didacticism through its titular polysemy.
Earlier in the film, the President hatched the plan as a fallback, as another form of fail-safe. Here I turn to Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler's 1962 novel, upon which the film is based.
And yet, the ending of Fail-Safe inverts the Akedah by rewriting Abraham's sacrifice as an act of self-sacrifice.
For Fail-Safe redescribes the Akedah as both a sacrifice of Abraham--that which Abraham sacrifices, his son, Isaac, his city, New York--and a sacrifice of Abraham-the self-annihilation of Abraham himself.