Some Common Cents for August 22nd 2014

My brother-in-law absolutely loves the movie “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” I like it too, but not quite as much as he does. Even so, while much of the humor still holds up today, or should, the younger generations probably get a little lost in the whole Cold War aspect of the film.

Really? You were that worried about the Russians?

To people born since 1990, that doesn’t really compute. Yeah, I suppose Moscow has been horsing around in the Ukraine, giving the rest of Europe the fits in the process. However, historically, that is what the Russians do: bully the Ukrainians, fight the Turks and Poles from time to time, and impose their will on the poor unfortunates in the Caucasus Mountains region. Couple that with the desire for a warm water port, and you basically have about 400 years of Russian foreign policy right there in a nutshell, save about 70 years last century. It is in their nature.

Now, in the movie, there is this exchange between Gen. Jack D. Ripper and Mandrake:…Read On…

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