If one believes everything one reads in the tabloids we are about to enter a new era of ice cold relations with Moscow. I have been following events and comment over the last few days and it does seem we are at last taking a very tough line with Mr Putin whose country has, without doubt been making mischief for a very long time and getting away with it.
With the Salisbury affair it would seem Russia has finally overstepped the mark and Putin is very much in a tight spot. We shall have to wait and see what happens now but would be interested in what others have to say.
I viewed your comments about Putin with interest. Perhaps we should consider going back to the Civil Defence system which operated during the 1950-1960’s at the height of the cold war. In hindsight those primitive measures set up at the time would probably be a waste of time bearing in mind the sophisticated nuclear weapons now within Russia. The few nuclear carrying submarines we have in existence may be able to retaliate unless they are destroyed first but the thought of nuclear war does not bare thinking about.
I dont believe President Trump is quite the idiot everybody thinks he is. He will not tolerate outright aggression but with advise from his military advisers I think he will always stand on the side of caution.
In 1956 after leaving Credenhill I was posted to RAF West Malling Kent where I was immediately placed on the nuclear decontamination squad. We had constant drills in dealing with nuclear attacks, Even at Credenhill the Regiment instructors kept on training us about it.
At the age of eighty not worth worrying about really.
Jimmy (Charles) James 22nd/24th
My experience of nuclear defence training was simply to put your head between your knees and kiss your backside goodbye! The ignorance of the effects of radiation was breathtakingly inadequate in the 50s and many good servicemen who took part in the tests for example were later to develop cancers. Only now becoming recognised as such.