Welcome to our friends from the East

Thirty years ago I lived in a Nuclear First Strike Hotspot. Our home sat in the overlapping Soviet targets of RAF Greenham Common airbase with it’s US Cruise Missiles, Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, The Royal Ordinance Factory in Burghfield Common where the war heads for the Trident missiles are made and serviced and RAF Welford, reportedly the largest conventional arms dump in Europe. As Thatcher and Reagan ramped up the tension with the USSR and the Doomsday clock crept beyond five to midnight and towards Armageddon many of us considered our chances of survival. The government’s Protect and Survive leaflet designed to offer helpful advice to the populous in the event of a nuclear war dropped through every door. Seemingly drawn up by wildly optimistic DIY enthusiasts it contained plans for an inner shelter made from the interior doors of the house. It recommended painting the glass in the windows white and should anyone die from the effects of radiation after an attack they should be shoved outside. The sense of doom was hard to escape. My eldest son had nightmares about foreign soldiers coming to our village.

I began to rehearse my response to the future sight of the mushroom clouds on the road to home. Would I have time to get back to my family and spend those last moments together or if we were to survive, organise our shelter? If we were ever to face our adversaries it would be as an occupying force of Soviet Bloc troops… of Russians and perhaps Poles, East German, Ukrainians or Czechs… maybe even Romanians?

The years passed and a new age of youthful optimism blossomed in the East, the Berlin Wall fell and the streets of Prague sang to freedom and peace. People took to the streets and grasped at what had seemed impossible only a few years before; a united and peaceful Europe beyond the boundaries of the old Cold War battle lines. Though the growing pains have been intense with the conflicts that boiled to the surface along old ethnic lines for once we have a continent that seems less likely to rip itself apart.

And so as I witness the small minds and short memories of those who throw their arms up in anger at the prospect of more Romanian and other immigrants from the former Eastern Bloc coming here to work I am deeply dismayed. The petty prejudices and racist remarks that fill the media and the comment threads. Thirty years ago we stood on the brink of a conflict that could have incinerated us all, East and West or at best would have wiped out any vestige of the culture we call being British. Instead this is the Peace Dividend that back then we could only have hoped for. Living and working together for a better future in a united Europe. I welcome you friends from the East!

Ken Finn

2 thoughts on “Welcome to our friends from the East”

  1. you sure you haven’t got a little Red flag with farm implements printed on it up a pole down there on the farm do you Ken?

    Ok counter point:- So Ok yes as history has shown some thirty years ago in Europe and even further back to the Cuban affair of the 60’s things COULD have turned out differently! BUT and I believe for very good reasons they didn’t! Firstly it was obvious even to the Marxist Leninist East, The Rite Wing Christian West and the yet to be a major influence,the massed Muslim populations of the East; That there can be No winners in a global nuclear war! The total destruction and desolation left behind could well lead to an end to the human race on the planet leaving just Cockroaches apparently. Secondly the World leaders maybe; maybe just took direction from all the popular musicians of the day singing there protest songs and decided to give peace a chance? I would like to think so, but alas I think that all those pollies over there in the East and including the far east, were working on a different and longer time frame and were actually quietly listening to the late Moama Gadhafi who’s ultimate mission he openly stated was to take over Europe and later the rest of the so called Rite wing Christian World; By so called Friendly Invasion, It was not necessary to start a war at all he said! All we have to do is to move in procreate and over populate the west! Yes just move in and start aggressively to out populate the indigenous/Christian population! Which is exactly what is happening by your “friends from the east”! I’m only surprised you can’t see that happening from where you are! Its only a short step from there to have immigrant politicians running The Uk then Europe and The USA and China etc. Then its JOB Done All Over Rover! World domination without firing a shot, oh there will still be the terrorist thing going on for a time yet I’m sure just to keep the Obama’s of the World busy and distracted till its too late, but I believe in the end it will eventually dry up as one by one the goals are attained, who knows another twenty years from now and you could be wishing you were still living near Greenham Common Airbase safe in the knowledge that you would be one of the first Not to know anything about it when the Bombs started to fly……….Do I regret leaving England permanently all those years ago and moving to the land of milk and honey…err..Na I saw the writing on the wall years ago! No more so than when I saw the shock and astonishment on my then seventeen year old son as we progressed through Heathrow Airport on our way out of The UK, when he said to me, Dad Why aren’t there any white/English people working as flight attendants, check in staff,customs officials or baggage handlers or even the Pilot of the aircraft? I could go on and recount the moment my Aussie wife and I were given a very hard time at the Home office in London by a woman wearing a full burka obviously a friend from the east, telling us she wasn’t going to issue Kay, an Australian citizen from a Commonwealth country ruled by Queen E2 a visa to live and work in The Uk! THAT was the last straw for us we were up and out of the UK inside a week and with no intention of ever wishing to live there again! Don’t get me wrong I have many fond memories of living in the Uk but that was all long before the friendly invasion gathered momentum, sad really, England used to be a great place to live and work and dare I say it belong to, come from….

  2. As a migrant worker in Australia seeking a better life in a new country it should be obvious to you that cohabiting the earth is about seeing that we all want a safe, secure and peaceful existence. We should only fear those who seek to rule us by exploiting our differences by creating fear of the other. People are not their governments, their leaders or their nationality or religion… they only tend become represented by the above when they are frightened. Peace and love xx

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