A Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted December 23rd, 2016 on Niagara At Large
The recent death of long-time Cuban leader Fidel Castro was, among so many other things, a reminder of how close the world once came to brink of nuclear annihilation.
It was October, 1963, curing one of the darkest years of the Cold War and a nuclear arms race that had the fate of the world on a hair trigger, that the U.S. and former Soviet Union came as to launching an all-out nuclear war as almost anyone alive at that time could ever imagine as they played a dangerous game of brinkmanship over missile launch pads the Soviets were caught installing on the Cuban island.
For almost two weeks, the news pouring out of TV sets at home was so grim that our parents – I was barely 12 at the time and can still remember – had trouble keeping a brave face and some of the kids in my grade school class broke down in tears of fears.
It was an extremely traumatic time and I have always hoped that no other children would ever again have to live through that kind of fear of having all their hopes and dreams for the future vaporized in a mushroom cloud.
And now this – a narcissistic, power-driven, Reality TV lunatic with orange hair, who millions of Americans elected to one of the most powerful offices in the world out of anger and desperation, and a promise that only he, and he alone, could “make America great again” tweeting to the world about expanding nuclear arsenals and having another “arms race” where “we will match them at every pass.”
The following tweet from U.S. president-elect Donald J Trump were fired out to the world this December 22nd, on the same day Russian dictator and former Soviet KGB boss Vladimir Putin declared his desire to grow Russia’s nuclear arsenal – “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”
Asked in an off-air conversation this December 23rd with MSNBC early morning news hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski to clarify what he meant by this tweet, Trump’s reply, according to the hosts, was short and two the point – “Let it be an arms race,” he told them. “We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”
Outmatch and outlast who or what? The nuclear arsenal of the Russians? The Chinese? The one being developed by that little psycho ruling North Korea? During his election campaign, Trump said he might not even mind it if Japan and other countries got nuclear weapons, and at one point, while he was being briefed by foreign policy expert on a number of matters, including the current U.S. embrace of a nonproliferation policy on nuclear warheads, Trump reportedly asked at least three times, why the U.S. has nuclear weapons if it doesn’t use them.
In the final weeks of the 2016 U.S. elections, the Hillary Clinton campaign updated and aired one of the most infamous election ads ever produced during those darkest years of the Cold War in the 1960s. It was new take on the so-called “Daisy ad” and it seems more relevant now than it was even a couple of months ago when the Clinton campaign first ran it.
Here it is for you to click on –
I have a good many American friends and I know that many of them and their neighbours felt betrayed by the same old powers that be and the corporations they serve, and they desperately wanted change.
But this self-absorbed lunatic?! If you wanted a change agent, you could have had Bernie Sanders, for God’s sake. This wack job could tweet us to the destructive end of your country and the rest of the world – spending billions, if not trillions of dollars on weapons of mass destruction rather than on schools, health care, rebuilding roads and bridges and other infrastructure on the way.
How great is that?
For all Americans out there who may wish to join a campaign to keep Trump’s finger as far away as possible from the hair trigger for nuclear bombs, click here to learn more – https://www.change.org/p/potus-help-keep-trump-s-finger-off-the-button-nucleartrump .
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