January 4, 2003

By Michael Strickland

The New Nuclear Age

During my high school years in the early 1980s, I had the occasional nightmare about nuclear war. The Cold War was in its advanced stages. Movies and TV shows like "War Games" and "The Day After" explored the specter of nuclear holocaust. It wasn't uncommon to see bumper stickers like "One nuclear bomb can ruin your whole day."

With glasnost, the fall of communism and the unification of Europe, it seemed that world peace was finally within reach. Or not. As the world got smaller, it also became easier for tyrants and terrorists to get their hands on nuclear material.

I never would have thought that we'd be facing the renewed danger of nuclear war in the twenty-first century. Yet on Fox News last night, I saw a commentator discuss the option of arming Japan with nukes as a deterrent to North Korea and an incentive to get China involved in controlling the escalating nuclear tension on the Korean Peninsula.

I have no brilliant insight on how to deal with a nuclear-happy North Korean Communist dictator, but the situation makes me nervous. With a post-9/11 world already walking on eggshells, afraid of the next big terrorist attack and a possible war in the Middle East, the last thing we need is nuclear sabre-rattling in Asia. So much for an optimistic view of the twenty-first century.


©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

What is "The Daily Strick"?

I have long called myself a writer, but too often I don't do what a writer must do daily: write. So you, dear reader, are the beneficiary of my resolution to make a positive change in at least one area of my life. Every single day of this new year, I will write something, anything, and post it here (though some days' writings might be posted late, if I am out of town—such as right now). It is my intention to use this daily exercise to jump-start my too-long-dormant creative energies, and perhaps generate some worthwhile material this year. Hopefully you will find at least an occasional amusement or insight in my daily musings.

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