The cold war between the Soviet Union and the USA began in February 1945 after the Yalta Conference and ended in 1991 when Boris Yeltsin came to power. These were desperate and trying times for the U.S. I wonder how many people today know or remember how close we came to a nuclear disaster. Recall the Cuban incident, when the USSR began installing nuclear missiles in Cuba, only 90 miles from our shores?
From the late '40s to the early '70s I worked as a professional pilot. We were flying nonpressurized aircraft and seldom flew over 10,000 feet. I can remember watching those towns and villages slipping by and a feeling of warmth and security would come over me, because I knew those sturdy people below me would never stand still and allow the evil of communism to take over their lives.
Today we are faced with two kinds of evil. A force that is intent on destroying our capitalist form of government, leaving the government in absolute control of our lives. I believe this group has the backing of certain people who are not strangers to the White House.
Then we have the religious radicals whose aim is to convert every one to their faith and destroy those who resist. It might be well to consider these two groups joining forces for as long as it serves their individual causes.
With my flying days behind me and my thoughts now earthbound, I believe the conditions facing us today are far more dangerous than what confronted us during those cold war days. Unlike today, people then seemed aware of the danger and the consequences, should either country make the wrong move. People were fearful but not afraid to talk about it. Today, with the continuous threat of terrorism and an exploding national debt bringing us ever closer to monetary suicide we seem to be suffering from a dangerous case of complacency.
The horror of 9/11 certainly brought home the viciousness and brutality of the type of enemy we're facing today. It also awoke us and we stood tall together as one and shouted our defiance to those responsible. We need to wake up again and let those people in Washington know we demand the political bickering stop and they begin behaving like statesman. They must put aside all motives of self-serving and bias and began the process of solving the problems that are destroying this country.
Wake up, time is running out.
Leon J. White