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Down in their Bunkers, Under the Sea: Men Pressing Buttons PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 April 2006 15:44
Down in their Bunkers, Under the Sea: Men Pressing Buttons

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- C. L. Cook - Familiar with the cold chill of war, the nightmares of my time were of nuclear disaster. As youth indoctrinated into the fear of utter annihilation by the "other," we were asssured strength would insure life would go on.

Down in their Bunkers, Under the Sea:
Men Pressing Buttons

C. L. Cook

PEJ News
April 27, 2006

The narrative described survival of the few in enclaves, cleft deep into mineral mountains, where a well-stocked elite would thrive, waiting out the disaster on the surface, only to emerge into the post-apocalyptic dawn: A feast, a fornication, a toast to a fruition of a world made anew.

Tickets limited.

It may be difficult now to understand the thinking behind the turn the world has taken these last years. Why would an entrenched elite enact policy serving as a veritable napalm attack against all the values said to embody 'America'? Why would a coterie of conspirators design to undermine the world's mightiest power? Perhaps they believe they know something the rest of us don't.

Perhaps they're right.

They descended the cloud, in my dream, suspended by parachutes. It was someday in the late seventies: I was dreaming of annihilation again, and in the dream, as feathery missiles floated down their way to earth, the people scrambled to their kinfolk. The people, in my dream, went home.

That was a long time ago. But, elephants have long memories, and long legs too. Today, the elephant is mad as sometimes known to go a-rampage. They say, a rogue is most feared when cornered. And today again, the nuclear language sounds familiar.

It's all talk of arms races, etc., and again foes of convenience, vying respectively to bilk the world by hanging it on the brink of destruction. It shouldn't surprise, perusing the player's program; so many same names reprise. A slender list of button pushers and their masters, slaving for the promise of being spared the extinction of the race.

It's "On to War you. Over the top!" for the rest of "we," the plebes marched into the fires of war by an elite manning the Home Fires, made richer the carnage.

"Down in their bunkers, under the sea, men pressing buttons, who care about me. "


[The title of this piece comes from the, probably now defunct, 80's band Fischer Z's anti-nuke tune, "Down in the Bunker"]

Chris Cook is a contributing editor to PEJ News, and hosts Gorilla Radio, a weekly public affairs program, broad/webcast from the University of Victoria, Canada. You can check out the GR Blog at http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.com

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