I opened my daily newspaper. Perhaps I could find some good news, I needed something to cheer me up. But what did I find?
World War III is on the doorstep. With Russia and the United States playing an updated version of Russian roulette and checking that their nuclear arsenals are ready for use, is it time to clear out those old shelters that were popular back in the 1960’s?
President John F. Kennedy, in 1961, wrote a letter to readers of Life magazine. “My Fellow Americans,” he wrote, “nuclear weapons and the possibility of nuclear war are facts of life we cannot ignore today.”
He went on to say that 50 million Americans could survive a nuclear war by dashing to the nearest basement. The National Fallout Shelter Survey and Marking Program had begun.
Most of these old shelters do not have an internet connection. This will keep us safe from Russian cyber attacks. This has become a major worry as the UK’s GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), has warned.
The UK may have upset Mr. Putin. It has been among the first to denounce his actions along the border with Ukraine. Watching Russian air, sea and land-based nuclear missile movements, Prime Minister Johnson has said that it appears that Russia is planning “the biggest war in Europe since 1945”.
Britain is seen to be a potential target, having taken a leading role in calling out Mr. Putin’s aggression and threatening severe consequences in the event of an invasion of Ukraine. It was not clear what these “consequences” might be. It will probably take more than vague warnings from a small and insignificant country to deter Mr. Putin once he has made up his mind.
Certainly, no cheer here.
The news on the Covid epidemic was not more encouraging. Worldwide there have been innumerable Covid deaths, with huge damage to the world’s economy. A generation of children is missing out on schooling and higher education, to say nothing of social skills usually acquired by playing together. And many other diseases are being ignored, or hidden, while everyone’s attention is focused on Covid. But, we are told, this as nothing compared to the next Covid variant which, scientists warn us, is inevitably on its way.
And The Telegraph did not help much. “Men over 60 become ‘unbonkable’” it declared.
It should have added ……
And Have a Nice Day!