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
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
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.
Strickland ALL RIGHTS
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 townsuch
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.
Year, Old Cave