Haranguing The Boisterous Buffoons
Haranguing The Boisterous Buffoons

Haranguing The Boisterous Buffoons

It is just after dawn, and the crew of the George C. Marshall are making a final check:
STAND CLEAR TUBE SEVEN – COMING SHUT TUBE SEVEN.
In missile tube number seven, a Poseidon missile with its multiple warheads waits, ready for blast-off once the submarine reaches the firing zone.

What Commander Fred Fear and his crew will do on this mission is what they would do in a nuclear war. There is an apparent absence of tension or emotion – maybe this is because this is not the real thing…maybe because the men are trained not to question what they are doing, but to just obey orders – JUST OBEY ORDERS!”

It’s the real thing, Hope is.

“The scale of destruction which is implied by any of failure of defence is…unimaginable:
JUST OBEY ORDERS!
If this risk is the price of maintaining peace, an increasing number of people regard the
continued arms build up as an unacceptable threat to ALL of our lives –
JUST OBEY ORDERS!
It’s as simple as turning the key in your front door…”

It’s the real thing, Hope is.


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