I remember being properly shit scared as a teenager that a senile old man in the Kremlin and an equally senile old man in Washington D.C were going to blow the world to pieces. Starting, of course, with Britain, because (a) we were smack bang in the middle and (b) playing reluctant host to America’s nuclear arsenal.
This was, of course, when the world didn’t have anything like the nuclear capability or weapon technology that it now has. The sort of technology that can make a nuclear war – a nuclear fucking war – “thinkable”; “limited”; “tactical.” Or, in the words of General “Buck” Turgidson: “…no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops. Uh, depending on the breaks.”
As a commenter on the blog post correctly states, if Obama had said what Putin despairingly told journalists recently, the world would be in full-scale panic mode.
Instead, we are being distracted by political Punch and Judy shows while the military-industrial complex quietly starts the timer on its nuclear war schedule.