Imagine any mix up and the lot would go – Able Archer and “the spy who saved the world”

So, this below is from the rather excellent “EXBERLINER” magazine (“Berlin in English since 2002).  It appeared in the December 2012 issue.Comments – and the inevitable embedded song – afterwards.

The wikipedia entry on Able Archer is silent on Rainer Rupp’s part in the whole affair (but links to a wikipedia page on him).

What staggers me is this from that wikipedia article though, is this:

…. Reagan, without specifically mentioning Able Archer 83 … wrote of a 1983 realization:

“Three years had taught me something surprising about the Russians: Many people at the top of the Soviet hierarchy were genuinely afraid of America and Americans. Perhaps this shouldn’t have surprised me, but it did … During my first years in Washington, I think many of us in the administration took it for granted that the Russians, like ourselves, considered it unthinkable that the United States would launch a first strike against them. But the more experience I had with Soviet leaders and other heads of state who knew them, the more I began to realize that many Soviet officials feared us not only as adversaries but as potential aggressors who might hurl nuclear weapons at them in a first strike …”

WTF? Did these clowns never once put themselves in the Soviet shoes? Did they not think about this? Or did they forget that Curtis LeMay, of Strategic Air Command was throughout the 1950s advocating first strike, and it was only Eisenhower, who had the record – thank God – to keep the insane fuck on a leash? (As did Kennedy in 1962).

No, they never once thought how the world looked from Red Square*. Muppets. Muppets who almost got us all killed.

Oh, and this so-called epiphany that the Great Confabulator said he had in 1983? It didn’t stop him making jokes about “we start bombing in five minutes” a few months later.

* No, I am not a Stalinist, nor an apologist for the crimes of Lenin, Stalin and those who came after. The gulags happened, the purges happened, and all sorts of other horrorshows happened.

Now, this.

The lyrics to the English version (slightly different – and better) are thus –

You and I in a little toy shop
Buy a bag of balloons with the money we’ve got
Set them free at the break of dawn
Til one by one, they were gone
Back at base bugs in the software
Flash the message, something’s out there
Floating in the summer sky
99 red balloons go by

99 red balloons
Floating in the summer sky
Panic bells it’s red alert
There’s something here from somewhere else
The war machine springs to life
Opens up one eager eye
Focusing it on the sky as 99 red balloons go by

99 Decision street
99 ministers meet
To worry, worry, super flurry
Call the troops out in a hurry
This is what we’ve waited for
This is it boys, this is war
The president is on the line
As 99 red balloons go by

99 knights of the air
Ride super high tech jet fighters
Everyone’s a super hero
Everyone’s a Captain Kirk
With orders to identify
To clarify, and classify
Scramble in the summer sky
99 red balloons go by

99 dreams I have had
In every one a red balloon
It’s all over and I’m standing pretty
In this dust that was a city
If I could find a souvenir
Just to prove the world was here
And here is a red balloon
I think of you, and let it go


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