October crisis -- No, I am not talking the government shutdown. I am talking about 50 years ago, when the two big powers decided to play chicken. Although the overture has many of the same components -- two sides posturing, talking past each other, taking the world to the brink. The two factions finally resisted cries from each of their supporters and a deal was made that saved the world from nuclear war.
The scary part was that both sides thought they could win with acceptable losses. In the end, a president was criticized for giving up to much to the other side. I wonder how much the world was worth.
As for this October crisis, is it to much to ask the two big powers to stop playing chicken and taking us to the brink. No posturing and no talking past each other. You never know if there are acceptable losses in any game of chicken, if you decide to try it. After the fact, we found out the Cuban missiles were ready and could have launched before they were taken out.
TOM LEGARD, Pasco