Britain’s counter-terrorism police have just released a video message advising holidaymakers on what to do in the event of experiencing a terrorist attack whilst abroad.
The video tells us all to “run, hide and tell”… just in case you might have made the daft decision instead to jump up and down shouting “I’m over here”:
Seventy years ago the America government recommended an altogether cheerier reason to be afraid, and with no less helpful advice, told school kids that in the event of an atomic bomb blast, they should “duck and cover”:
I probably don’t need to point out that cowering next to a wall or under a newspaper [I’m not joking watch the clip at 8:00 mins] will not protect you from a nuclear explosion, so why did the US government go to the trouble of producing their risible ‘public information film’? To convince the public they cared? To distract from not having a viable civil defence programme? Or just to instil fear of the Russians in the vulnerable minds of the next generation?
“Run, hide and tell” is rather obviously “Duck and Cover” 2.0
It says we care. It says we are doing everything to tackle the threat. But most of all, it says be afraid… Be very afraid!