Extra Terrestrial Friendship

Some years ago I was surprised to hear that Americans and Russians were sleeping together in outer space, surprised because for all of my life I’d been taught to fear the coming onslaught from the east, taught at school and even from the pulpit.

One of the worst things that ever happened was that animal that Russia sent into  space, then there was the Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin, Kruschev’s shoe, then the Cuban missile crisis. But without anyone saying when it started  I had to wake up and get used to Russia and the U.S.A. becoming friends in space. I still think that its strange, and no one ever tries to explain it, or how it happened. Now Russia is again enemy number one,  like I learned in school and at church. Everyone wants to know why certain American officials have been talking to their Russian counterparts. It’s really funny; I ‘ve been seeing photos on-line of Ms. Clinton ecstatically enjoying comrade  Putin’s company, and even Mr. Schumer seems also to have enjoyed the society of Mr. Putin and cohorts. But evidence for Schumer’s and Clinton’s paling it up with Russians were photos and we all know what can be done with photo shop: “a picture paints a thousand words”. But now Russians are unambiguously the enemy. The FBI and CIA are on to them. Some people say people who’ve been friendly with Russians should be charged with treason. And the North Koreans have got a bomb to turn the U.S.A. into cinders and there’s Iran, and ISIS says they’ll conquer us all: they even say they’re heading to Rome. Still, Russia and the U.S.A. have yet to cancel their extra terrestrial friendship.

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