“We Will Bury You”

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When I was but a wee lad there was a huge cloud hanging over our country and it was scary. The “cloud” was this big, bad, bear on the other side of the globe called the Soviet Union.

People were freaking out. They were building fallout shelters in their backyards in preparation for the coming nuclear holocaust. In school we were doing weekly “duck and cover” air raid drills, as if crawling under a school desk with our hands covering our heads would protect us from an atomic bomb blast.

I distinctly remember two incidents that really scared me. One was when, in November 1956, the premier of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev, uttered the words heard round the world, “We will bury you.”

When I asked my parents what that meant, they said that Russia wanted to destroy the United States and our democracy. Scary stuff, huh?

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But then, in October of 1960, I saw something really frightening on the news. At a meeting of the United Nations in New York, that same Nikita Khrushchev was banging one of his shoes on the table in protest of something one of the other delegates said. Here was the same foreign leader who had threatened to bury my country acting like a mad man at a meeting of the United Nations. Yikes.

I’m not even going to talk about the Cuban Missile Crisis that had the world at the brink of war just two years later. Nope, I’m not going to mention it.

But the good news is that a few decades later the Cold War had ended, the Soviet Union no longer existed, and global peace enveloped the world. Ha! Just kidding.

But relations between the United States and the Russian Federation were, if not cordial, at least stable. No more worries about being buried or about nuclear war.

Until Donald J. Trump became President of the United States, that is. Now I feel a little like that wee lad who was worried about the future of our country and our civilization. Between Trump, Kim Jung Un, and Vladimir Putin, three contemporary mad men — and world leaders — on a scale that Khrushchev could never quite achieve, we may all soon end up being buried.


This post was written in response to today’s one-word daily prompt: bury.

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8 thoughts on ““We Will Bury You”

  1. Sight11 July 12, 2017 / 9:52 am

    It is strange but the same mad Nikita Khrushchev, was the most sane man for ending the crisis,those who barks don’t bite..

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    • Fandango July 12, 2017 / 10:37 am

      I thought it was JFK who stared down Khrushchev to end the threat. But I may be wrong. Maybe that’s just the way the fake news reported it at the time.

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      • Sight11 July 12, 2017 / 10:44 am

        Nah.. America had everything to loose.. It would have been first time since WW2 that a war would have involved U. S. A skies and lands.. Nikita had the upper hand..

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        • Fandango July 12, 2017 / 12:57 pm

          According to the source of all knowledge (Wikipedia), “The perception was that Kennedy had won the contest between the superpowers and Khrushchev had been humiliated. This is not the case as both Kennedy and Khrushchev took every step to avoid full conflict despite the pressures of their governments. Khrushchev held power for another two years.”

          So let’s call it a draw!

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          • Sight11 July 12, 2017 / 1:10 pm

            But when the documents were released it told a whole different story. I did a project on it. Basically Nikita knew that the threat would be not from Kennedy but Republicans who were hell bound to fail any kind of treaty. So Kennedy made a secret deal, get missiles out of Turkey and promise NATO would not expand beyond Germany(strangely all these were agreed but than discarded after the fall of U.S.S.R. Which became the contention of today’s problem). And Nikita abandoned Cuba

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  2. newepicauthor July 12, 2017 / 10:23 am

    Thanks for not mentioning that Cuban Missile Crisis. I figure that we must be close in age because I was also a wee lad during those days and I am not going to mention Donald Trump.

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    • Fandango July 12, 2017 / 10:35 am

      Thank you for not mentioning Trump. He gets too many mentions each day as it is. As to age, I’m a septuagenarian, which sounds more like a malady from which I suffer than an indication of my age in decades.

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  3. Emilio Pasquale July 12, 2017 / 11:05 am

    I will be a septuagenarian in 6 months and aam looking forward to it. That is if we are still here at that time. I hated clicking “like” on this post. I do not like it. Not the fact that people are again scared.

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