CON­FLICT RE­VIVES OLD FORE­BOD­ING

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

I GOT a re­ally bad feel­ing when I heard Rus­sia was bomb­ing tar­gets in Syria along­side US forces. The clash be­tween the two su­per pow­ers seems a lot more likely when they’re squeezed into a small coun­try and there are bombs go­ing off around the clock. Who knows what chain of events will be set off if a plane is shot down or bombs hit a US or Rus­sian con­trol cen­tre? I grew up dur­ing the Cold War when threats be­tween the US and the then USSR were nightly news. There were enough nu­clear weapons to de­stroy the world 100 times over and even as 12-year-olds it was in the back of our minds that the world could end with the press of a red but­ton. I have read where this con­stant threat had shaped my gen­er­a­tion and caused longterm anx­i­ety. I didn’t think it had af­fected me, un­til I got the pit in my stom­ach the other day - a fore­bod­ing that I can’t easily shake.

Rick Lee - re­gional editor

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