The Cold War

Plus ca change.Plus c’est la meme chose.

Some of us remember The Cold War all too well. We know the routine, one or other side gets caught spying. People are expelled. Prisoners are taken and then exchanged. I have a bit of personal experience of all this. We had rented a house in America, from a couple, who had later been deported from Russia for spying, during one of these tit for tat expulsion periods.

It is odd to now to realise that increasingly people have grown up knowing nothing of The Cold War. People for whom this is all new. All they have ever known is Perestroika. We would often be told of the headlines in Pravda, always of course contradicting what we were being told in our news. I also remember there being strong sentiments, that trade unions were being infiltrated. It would seem many aspects of our lives are now being infiltrated.

I have news for you guys. We appear to be in another Cold War. As in the first Cold War, there appears to be infiltrators on both sides. However unlike The First Cold War, propaganda has a direct route into everybody’s home.(I mean I had actually had to have a short wave radio to hear it. I had used to find it entertaining.) We had known not to believe everything we read or heard, possibly a bit of a hangover from WW2.

It would seem that the game may be the same, but what is lacking now is discernment.

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