It’s getting hot in here.
I want my Cold War back.
Yes, I am feeling nostalgic about the Cold War. The Good Ol’ Days.
Here’s the new and dangerous variable. The “C” word. Crazy. Russia under Vladimir Putin is crazy. Somewhere, Nikita Khrushchev is shaking his head.
I was born in 1954. It is fair to call me a child of the 60s. I have balled up against school hallway walls like an armadillo during civil defense drills. Yes, my little schoolmates and I were trained to put our arms over our heads as we prepared to kiss our tiny asses goodbye.
My family had neighbors who built underground bomb shelters and stocked them with 20 years worth of non-perishable, and no doubt delicious, food.
Yeah, those were some strange days in October of 1962. My third grade teacher, Mrs. Terry, tried to explain that Cuban Missile Crisis thing to us. My class spent a lot of time up against the walls for a couple of weeks.
But looking back to those days six decades ago, it is now clear that we were never safer.
Here’s why. The Soviet Union under Khrushchev and his parade of Cold War successors was not crazy. Not at all. Evil, often. But never crazy. And we weren’t crazy. As a result, the doctrine of mutually assured destruction was sufficient to keep the peace. Maybe the future was cloudy, but it did not involve a mushroom cloud.
Essentially, they weren’t gonna do diddly when it came to nuclear weapons, and neither were we. Because they weren’t crazy. And neither were we.
My definition of crazy is a leader or a society that does not care about the lives of its own children, as long as their deaths advance some type of jihad.
So, yeah, folks who strap suicide bombs to their own kids are effing crazy.
That is essentially where we are now with Russia under Putin.
He’s crazy. And that’s new.
The Soviets lost more people in WWII than anyone else. The horrors of that inferno were still fresh in their minds and memories at the height of the Cold War. They didn’t want their kids to die in a nuclear hell any more than we wanted our children to perish.
The calculus has now changed.
Because Putin is effing crazy.
You bet I want my Cold War back. Stop, drop and cover.