Thursday, 7 February 2019

MAD then But Just Mad Leaders Now

My fellow Generation X'ers must be having quite the feeling of déjà vu as we watch the World become less safe over the past week after the United States pulled out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, signed in 1987 by Washington and Moscow which was a pivotal moment in the Cold War.
With Reagan and Gorbachev having been replaced by Trump and Putin, the USA has suspended adherence before formally withdrawing from the pact which prompted a predictable response from Moscow that they were also quitting the treaty and claiming that they would be developing new intercontinental missiles.
Throw into the mix the nuclear-weapons-of China, North Korea and a nefarious Israel then it seriously ratchets up the chances of a nuclear confrontation.
With the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, (START) which limits nuclear weapons, due to expire in 2021, things are looking pretty grim again after a woefully short period when the dream of a nuclear free World was starting to look plausible.
Generation X may have already been there as we shared our formative years under the shadow of the Cold War but then we had the doctrine of MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) but looking at the current leaders holding the red buttons in 2019, MAD seems a very apt description for them.

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