Imagining a world free of nuclear arms

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The world, though, is still very much as it was during the Cold War. Russia recently annexed Crimea, usurping control of the region from Ukraine after Ukraine’s pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, fell from power amid a corruption scandal. In “The Day After,” a skirmish between Soviet and West German forces balloons into all-out nuclear war.

As the poet Robert Frost might say, we have miles and miles to go before we sleep. I must thank Jonathan Schell, though. The world is a better place because he lived.

Scott Brinton is senior editor of the Bellmore and Merrick Heralds and an adjunct professor at the Hofstra University Graduate Journalism Program. Comments? or (516) 569-4000 ext. 203. Brinton’s profile and posts can be found at

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