Chill­ing real­ity be­hind rhetoric

Sunday Herald - - EDITORIAL & LETTERS - Iain R Thom­son Can­nich

COULD the “words of war” be­tween Kim and Don­ald be the old­est po­lit­i­cal trick in the book: rhetoric de­signed to show that there’s a tough guy in charge, boost rat­ings and cover up short­com­ings on the home front (Talk­ing the world into nu­clear war, The world, Au­gust 13)? As David Pratt points out, watch for US civil­ians pack­ing their cases in Seoul and Guam, then make for shel­ter. Theresa May is silent for ob­vi­ous rea­sons and many Tories still live the glory of Water­loo.

Any es­ca­la­tion might well in­volve Coul­port. With­out be­ing alarmist, th­ese are dan­ger­ous days. Scot­land must re­act now be­fore the job goes wrong: in­de­pen­dence mi­nus Tri­dent.

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