Thursday, 4 April 2013
Not Quite The Cold War
I can still hear my school disco's playing songs like '99 Red Balloons', 'Dancing With Tears In My Eyes' and the ultimate Cold War song 'Two Tribes' which more than made up for the threat of global destruction and the hours of having to sit through 'When the Wind Blows' which was a cartoon about an elderly couple who turned their sofa upside down to survive the nuclear war.
Then there was MAD or Mutual Assured Destruction which meant that a nuclear war was unthinkable because the Soviets and Americans would destroy each other, and the rest of us, so neither side would dare use their weapons and so an uneasy stalemate would ensue. Then Ronald Reagan came along and you thought that bloke from the films with the monkey is just crazy enough...
Then there was the Cold War films and the Soviet 'bad guys' in characters like Ivan Drago in Rocky and the mumbling John Rambo fighting alongside Al Queada version 1 against the Soviets in Rambo and Red Dawn where the Soviet paratroopers are defeated by a bunch of American teenagers led by Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen in his pre-tiger blood days.
Then there was the propaganda and the threat of the Red Menace sweeping across the west and making us all Communists and the added spice at things like the Olympics and the gloriously over the top posters.
We are not getting any of this at the moment and it is unlikely that we will but while it we won't be seeing a mushroom cloud over Washington or Pyongyang anytime soon, it does seem like an eerie flashback to my younger days watching the news recently.
I would keep your sofa close by just in case though.