“Ice Station Zebra” – life imitating art?
Remember that Cold War thriller written by Alastair Maclean and turned in to a movie starring Rock Hudson and Patrick McGoohan? Remember the great sequence of the Russian paratroopers jumping on to the ice?
It seems that the Russians are planning to re-enact that scene from the movie this summer. Well, no not really. They are planning to drop some paratroops at the North Pole this summer – but its allegedly in honour of a peaceful scientific anniversary, not a re-enactment of a Hollywood film.
Now, you’re probably not the only one wondering how dropping a bunch of bad-ass paratroops on the North Pole has anything to do with honouring a scientific expedition. Did the scientists drop in by parachute? Were the scientists actually Russian paras on holiday? Were they in fact a secret Spetsnaz recon party? So, what’s with the para drop?
Well, this plan seems to have rattled a few cages in Canada (hang on a minute, who appoints a Foreign Affairs Minister named “Cannon”? Talk about gunboat-diplomacy!). Maybe the good folks in the Great White North are having nightmare flashbacks of the film “Red Dawn” and scenes like these:
By the way, you do know they’re releasing a remake of “Red Dawn” this year right? Only this time its the Chinese who invade!
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