(1986: A year of contradictions)
Continuing our Thousand Yard Stare at years gone past, I came across 1986 and this year-end wrap up from Lesley Stahl on Face The Nation. It's a quick gloss over, probably because each story is good for about a weeks worth of posts. Nonetheless, it gives a good introduction to just what kind of year 1986 was. A lot of contradictions, not to mention denials. Between Libya, Iran-Contra, the upheaval in the Phillippines, Chernobyl - it was a busy year.
Lesley Stahl (CBS News): “What would happen to your country if Mrs. Aquino becomes President?”
Ferdinand Marcos (Philippine President): “The country will become Communist.”
The oft-used famous last words, but another indication of where 1986 was heading.
We'll be spending a lot of time there in the weeks/months ahead - fear not.
and that cheerful reminder . . .