Originally Posted by BIG-O
I really thought that was the beginning of WW3.
I've thought that twice in my life.
The first, was when the Soviets shot down KAL 007. I was in hi skrool then, at the height of the Reagan - Andropov Cold War standoff. Having watched History Channel programs about that since, it turns out my fears were well founded.
The second was during the first Gulf War, in January of '91. I'd been working in radio about 7 mos. then, and after the first Scud missiles hit Israel, word was, that nuclear armed Israeli bombers were headed for Iraq.
Everyone knew, that if Israel went nuclear, the Arabs and the Soviets would turn on them, & then it's all bets off. Word off the A-P teletype was, the bombers were airborne, and Bush 41 was working frantically to get the Israelis to recall them. I was AT the station that night, reading the wire releases, but wasn't
on-the-air at that time. I left for a long walk in the woods.
When I got back a few hours later, the bombers HAD been recalled, & WWIII - for the moment, at least - was postponed. You wouldn't believe the stuff that comes through on a news wire teletype (in those days anyways - before algore's interwebz had been invented), that NEVER
went over-the-air as news...
Curiously enough, I did not think WWIII was upon us, on 9/11.