Friday 24 March 2017

O'Doherty: Putin schools Obama in big boys politics

Shake it off: Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama at their meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week.
Shake it off: Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama at their meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week.
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

Like anyone who grew up in the 1980s, I well remember the sheer terror caused by the classic Threads, which was a shockingly uncompromising look at Britain following a nuclear war.

Threads was a classic piece of British miserablism which remains a profoundly depressing piece of television (it's available on YouTube, and really is worth a watch).

In that TV movie, the source of tension was Iran, and a face-off between the two great superpowers soon develops a life of its own and inevitably escalates into a global apocalypse which neither side wanted but weren't able to stop.

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