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That is where we are.
Now. Russia is a nuclear power run by a particularly unpleasant chap, Vladimir Putin.
The USA is currently being ruled over by a man-child with narcissistic tendencies who Tweets like an angry teenager.
The USA is also a nuclear power.
Trump is threatening to fire missiles at Syria. Putin is threatening to attack the source of said missiles. In other words, the US Navy ships from which the missiles would come.
This ridiculous situation could very easily get out of hand up to the worst case scenario of nuclear war.
Last week – or, possibly, even yesterday this would have been unthinkable but now?
Could it happen? Really? Could it?
Suddenly it is terrifyingly easy to say “I don’t know”
The unthinkable is becoming thinkable.
We have a narcissistic man-child and an evil despot facing off over a country in the Middle East and, ultimately, we could all perish under a mushroom cloud as a result.
On a more cheerful note, I live near Heathrow Airport which is, I believe, a place that would be ‘taken out’ at the start of Armaggedon so, I wouldn’t know much about it prior to incineration.
My limited knowledge of such things suggests that all that would be left is my shadow – along with the shadow of a bottle of beer no doubt.
Rob Grant and Doug Naylor wrote the following in their original Red Dwarf comedy science fiction book.
I paraphrase as I can’t seem to find the book but I more or less remember it.
‘Rimmer looked around at what sounded like a nuclear wind hurtling towards him. It was, in fact, a nuclear wind hurtling towards him. Then he died. Then everyone died’
Some say that, up to a point, science fiction can come true.
What a world if a comedy SF book comes true eh?