Nice While It Lasted

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I grew up in the middle of missile country; it was about 40- or so miles from my hometown to the nearly of North Dakota’s 330 Minuteman III missile silos.

Former Minuteman III silos in eastern North Dakota. These were all dismantled (actually, imploded) in the ’90s, as part of a nuclear missile reduction program with the Russians. The ones in the northwest part of the state remain.

And in my teens and twenties, at the height of the Cold War, I was genuineliy ambivalent about having children, ever, while the world seemed on the brink of nuclear war.

And after the fall of the USSR, in the early ’90s, it seemed we were on the brink of being past all that; both the US and Russia took their bombers off the alert they’d been on for decades, and began stepping back.

Well, nothing good ever lasts; the US nuclear force is stepping up its alert level again: