Thursday, January 18, 2007

Thermonuclear

When I was a kid, I was terrified of being nuked by the Russians.

I would pray every night for I was scared to death of a nuclear attack. Intercontinental Ballistic Thermonuclear Missiles. I would say that in my head as I prayed to prevent the destruction of our planet. That was such a terrifying prospect. I didn't like living in fear when I was a kid. It made me feel sick every night too. I probably did this from about nine years of age to, oh, probably through high school when the Cold War started to end. That was a great, great time. Seeing Communism fall in Europe. What a great thing to see pass. And this all happened without a shot. Without a war. That was a miracle. We no longer had to live with the fear of the world being blown up.

Now? We are in a hot war. And not with the Communists. We are in another war. A broader, in fact ambiguous War on Terrorism. I am confused. We no longer let the fear of Communism keep our American ideals in line and celebrated as pillars of life. Right to privacy, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, real open religious freedom, freedom to move around. I am so confused. The Communist Chinese are full of nukes and now these freedom restricting Communists are our friends. Do we have ideals anymore? Are we really out of the time of no longer living in this fear? Can we ever go without living in fear for an extensive time? I don't like living in fear. We need an FDR.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be more nervous now. Without the iron fist of Russian control, those nukes are all over Asia and ripe for the picken'. I'm afraid it will not be long till there is a detonation of a modified nuke made with old Soviet era bombs.
If it is to happen we can only hope it's perpetrated by Chechyians in some outpost of Russia and not Yankee stadium or LAX.

1:02 PM  
Blogger Michael M. said...

I, too, remember fearing Russian nuclear attack as a child. It was dreadful.

Fear is overrated. Terrorism is shocking and scary. It is also very rare. There are better things to worry about.

1:48 PM  
Blogger gerwitz said...

I've always been more afraid of my countrymen and their misplaced priorities than of nuclear weapons or suicide bombers.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Diabetoboy said...

It's not a good sign when the folks in charge tell you to be weary of shoes and liquids. I'm more fearful of the people in charge and their intelligent decision making.

10:43 AM  

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