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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 6 N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7 809 ENTRE NOUS ROCKET MAN Some of us have a box or two in our closets containing tangible memories of bygone university days—perhaps an old jacket or sweatshirt in beloved university colours, a few term papers in folders or well-worn duo-tangs, a transcript or two. Tucked away with these items may be a few more brilliantly coloured pieces of elementary school artwork or high school report cards, or a treasured assignment embellished by the teacher’s gold or silver star. Since then we have, in a manner of speaking, put away these childish things and worn the suits, shirts and skirts that hang on the racks below or above. If ever one of our treasure troves spills open, those of us who attended political science classes in university might encounter some essays we had forgotten. They have titles that by the last time we had rummaged through these boxes—indeed, for some of us, by the time we were packing their contents away—had come to sound quite old-fashioned. Did we really used to write about “mutually assured destruction” and the threat of “nuclear winter”, or the perception of the 1950s that Hudson Bay was a natural catch basin for the nuclear fallout from Soviet missiles and bombers intercepted overhead? Some of us still have at the back of our bookshelves an occasional Cold War thriller or two from the days we had aspired to be spies or diplomats, the books’ covers as dog-eared and tired as their subject matter had ultimately seemed to become. We might assure our students or children that they never know when what they learn at school or through other reading will come in handy, but few of us likely thought that adage would apply to the subject matter of nuclear weapons, nuclear deterrence and nuclear war. Yet it does, thanks in part to the fact the current U.S. president behaves more like a child than most of us did when entering university. Some of us may remember from poli-sci days a theory that one should never look too rational when trying to deter a nuclear enemy, but few of us


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