This is not a drill.

20 July 1940 London duck and cover London Board of Education drill for air raids

Somebody pushed the wrong button at shift change?

I’m skeptical about that excuse for what was the apparently erroneous warning that nuclear missiles were on their way to Hawaii.

But even if that is really what happened, for nearly 40 minutes people in Hawaii, residents and tourists, thought they were about to die in a nuclear attack.

Awful. Just horrible.

But I don’t have to imagine what it was like.

For those of us of a certain age, we can remember the height of the Cold War and the constant threat of nuclear war between the two Super Powers, the United States and the Soviet Union.

Monthly drop drills were part of our schooling, as if crawling under my school desk was going to save me from a hydrogen bomb likely to hit Los Angeles.

And then there was the week in October of 1963 when the Kennedy administration went eyeball to eyeball with the Russians over missiles in Cuba.

None of us thought we would survive.

For all the troubles in the world over the past decades I have often commented that at least our kids don’t have to go through that.

Thank you, Donald Trump.

You’ve made America afraid again.

4 Replies to “This is not a drill.”

  1. Your reminiscing about “duck & cover” is an excellent example of how much in co-hoots the media, government and science were in deluding the general public. It’s not as if we later science discovered that all that was bullshit.

  2. I remember getting into trouble in school (sent to the principal’s office, in fact) because I’d created a little “uproar” RE: the reasoning behind “duck & cover.”
    Some of my classmates & I dared to question as to just how hiding under our desks would save us from a nuclear blast. Guess some of us have always lived by “question more. ” (Which is, in large part, why “other people’s children” are being taught test preps & being tested for days, weeks & months on end rather than receiving more rational instructional time–DON’T question more, but less.

    Also, I never failed to bump my head on the desk when we were given the all-clear. Ouch!

  3. I am heartsick about the direction our country has taken since Trump took office. He is a disgrace to our country. I want my country back. President Obama was a dignified and educated leader. I respected him and felt that he always had good intentions. I didn’t like Bush when he was president, but now I long for the days he was commander in chief. He wasn’t a horrible human being. I don’t respect Trump; he isn’t fit to lead a Halloween parade around a schoolyard, let alone the United States. The leader of the United States should seek to unify our citizens, but everyday he does or says something meaner or more cruel than the day before. I don’t think I can take much more. I am no longer proud to be an American, and my ancestors came over from England and Scotland as indentured servants. I no longer watch the news because it turns my stomach and I can’t sleep at night because of it. I am also seriously considering a move to Canada when I retire if the citizenry doesn’t come to its senses and put this lunatic out of office.

  4. “Monthly drop drills were part of our schooling, as if crawling under my school desk was going to save me from a hydrogen bomb likely to hit Los Angeles.”
    …….
    I lived in Boise the time and remember regular drills in the fifth grade in exactly that position. Boy, were people naive to think this would help. [Now, I wonder what the teacher was doing. I really don’t want to get into that position at the current time.]

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