In 1947 Bernard Baruch stated, “Let us not be deceived: we are today in the midst of a cold war.” Now with a daily threat of a nuclear launch by North Korea, I am stating: “We are today in the midst of war. Be it hot or be it cold… it is war!”
One of my sons said to me the other day, “I always wondered what it was like to live in a Cold War. Never thought I would ever experience one. I guess we are in one now.”
The cold war between Russia and the United States began in 1947 and ended in 1991. For 44 years children in the United States worried about nuclear bombs exploding over their heads and parents wondered if they needed to build bomb shelters. I remember how intense things became during the Cuban Crisis. I was a small child and it was scary.
When the cold war with Russia ended in 1991 Americans breathed a sigh of relief. I know I did. Today I am no longer feeling that relief. America is again waking up each day with the threat of a nuclear attack somewhere. In some ways the threat feels more intense than before. Perhaps the intensity perceived is due to the fact that our current day government appears inept at managing war whether it is cold or hot. I would perhaps feel a little safer if Ronald Reagan (who wasn’t known for telling lies) was currently in office to deal with North Korea. He would probably say to Kim… “Kim Jong Un, dismantle these nukes!” Then he and Kim would probably sit down and watch a good western movie together and figure out how the West could help the North get out of the dark ages and feed its people.
Today I worry about a friend who lives in Japan. I worry about electromagnetic pulses and what it would do to my laptop and how many planes would fall from the skies. This is a new worry. In the old cold war I didn’t have so many electronic gadgets. I just worried about fallout.