Thursday 19 Jul 2018 | 06:28 | SYDNEY
Thursday 19 Jul 2018 | 06:28 | SYDNEY

Weapons and signals


Sam Roggeveen


10 July 2008 16:06

Further to my earlier post about Iran using its missile test to send the US and Israel a signal about the vulnerability of their missile defences: the role of military forces as a tool of diplomatic communication is illustrated nicely in this scene from the thriller Thirteen Days, about the Cuban missile crisis. Be sure to watch through to the end, with Defense Secretary McNamara delivering a stern lecture about 'language'. And if you haven't seen the film yet, do yourself a favour.