Life During Coldwartime

We’ve made our peace.

The fight isn’t over — it’ll never be over — but we’re done for this round. We fear what the next round will bring, but since there’s nothing we can do to stop it, and the people in a position to stop it have other priorities, we’ll just have to get along with shit as it is, rather than as it should be.

It’s The Great Resignation. But not the one you’re hearing about.

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We are probably alive today because Jack Kennedy checked our military’s impulses.

We were three during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and as such have no memory of it. Our introduction came much later, during the Seventies, thanks to an ABC dramatization starring William Devane as Jack, and Future Fake President Martin Sheen as Bobby.

The Missiles of October holds up pretty well four decades on, both against our teen memory and what we later learned. But you’ll have to forgive Sheen’s terrible Boston accent to get through it.

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Cuba’s Fidel Castro, former president, dies aged 90 [BBC]