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Live and let live

By From page A5 | October 29, 2012

EDITOR: I’m someone who was resolved to the fact that war with the Soviet Union was inevitable. We were told that the world would not survive a nuclear attack and the Earth would turn into the next sun. Scared the hell out of me. It might have been all those atomic bomb disaster alerts we had to practice starting in kindergarten.

It was something I was born into and indoctrinated to believe. Then I remember the nuclear arming and standoff between Pakistan and India. While in the military it was a foregone conclusion that these two countries hated each other so much that they were even more likely to blow each other up than the U.S. and Soviet Union.

I cannot tell you how much sleep I lost over that. Then the Soviet Union collapsed. Within seconds the worry went from the USSR to a rogue ex-Soviet country would either sell one of its nukes to a terrorist group or fire one on its own.

That worry was tops on my list until North Korea. A crazy dictator with the love for the annihilation of our lives as we know it. Those fears took a back seat when people started talking about Iran blowing up Israel.

So now after 50 years I’ve decided that this dog won’t hunt anymore. It isn’t that I don’t believe that some crazy fool will someday use a bomb. It’s more that I have lived over half my natural life worried about things I can’t control. I wasn’t consulted or alive for that matter when the world created the Middle East countries. Most of these after WWII and the fall of European imperialism.

Honestly, I lost interest in warring over the Middle East when we got no oil or anything for our blood and treasure spent in liberating Iraq. I think that it is time to stop demonizing our perceived enemies. Let’s start with Cuba. Use it as a guinea pig. If we lift our tariff bans and normalize our relations and live and let live what do we have to lose? That is unless the Cubans decide to invade Colorado like in the movie Red Dawn. Then boy will I have egg on my face.

KEN STEERS
Cameron Park

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