By Clonnie Yearout
Speaking at the Polish Embassy in Moscow in 1956, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev sent chills down the spines of free people around the world when he said, “Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you.”
Khrushchev repeated his warning in other settings over the years, but his words never lost their ominous tone. In subsequent years, the United States and the Soviet Union raced to outpace each other in the stockpiling of nuclear weapons, and Americans routinely discussed how to survive nuclear attacks. Fallout shelters were constructed, and the government stored civil defense items in public buildings.
Yearout, of Roanoke, is a retired public employee.