For many growing up in the 1970s and the 1980s, one of the most powerful moments of their youth occurred on Nov. 20, 1983. That was when ABC television aired a TV movie entitled “The Day After,” directed by Nicholas Meyer. This film, starring Jason Robards and John Lithgow, portrayed, in great detail, the effects of nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union and had a tremendous cultural impact on old and young alike. It was even shown in 1987 in the Soviet Union.
Perhaps it’s time for Vladimir Putin to watch this film again and come to his senses about Russia’s involvement in Ukraine. The reality of a war in this region, which will undoubtedly involve the rest of the European Union and NATO, is a distinct possibility. Describing the situation in Ukraine, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated: “There is a very high risk not only for peace and stability for Ukraine, but for the whole peace and stability of Europe.”
European leaders are calling for increased sanctions against Russia, and if Putin does not back off, some European leaders are considering a great deal more. Jose Manuel Barruso, president of the European Commission, stated: “Russia should not underestimate the European Union’s will and resolve to stand by its principles and values. The opening of new fronts and the use of Russian regular forces (on Ukrainian soil) is not acceptable and represents a grave transgression.”
This is another very serious world issue that, if it escalates, will have serious world ramifications. If you want, Mr. Putin, speak to anyone who grew up with the realization of what could happen if the Cold War starts again.
“The Day After” is available in its entirety on YouTube and also on Netflix. Watch this film, Mr. Putin; perhaps it’ll make you think of what could happen if your aggressive actions continue.