Perestroika and detente were supposed to remove the shadow of nuclear war from generation X. Now it’s back with a vengeance

The new nightly ritual is this: we’ve made a pact not to check social media in bed. I get my dollops of US news on the couch beforehand, shared from American friends on Facebook and usually captioned in tones of worldly disgust, tired sadness or sickened shock at how the US president is wielding his weapons of war.

Political commentators on Twitter are at least maintaining a thunderousness to their reporting, but it’s the acts of the president that echo in my head. The “mother of all bombs” pounded into Afghanistan, really? A casual obliteration of a Syrian airfield, you’re sure? Threats to North Korea? North Korea? And Thursday, Trump’s out provoking Iran.

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