CONFLICT REVIVES OLD FOREBODING
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