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Jonathan Tobin: Care about the Jewish state’s future? Kellner: OMG: Is profanity losing its punch? Glassman: Investors, Are You Ready for the Next Global Crisis? Freddie Mercury was a man who believed in going all the way to the brink. Watching the film Bohemian Rhapsody on a long-haul flight last week, I was reminded of what an extraordinary risk-taker he was. As a rule, I am not a great consumer of rock band biopics.
In fact, I used to think that This Is Spinal Tap had killed the genre for ever. Yet somehow you can’t stop watching Bohemian Rhapsody, mainly because of Rami Malek’s mesmerising performance as a rather-too-toothy Freddie. Brinkmanship was the way Mercury lived his life — not only his bisexual love life, but also his musical life. Bohemian Rhapsody was as revolutionary a pop song as anything since the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper. I vividly remember becoming obsessed with it over the 1975 Christmas holidays. Borrowing a cassette recorder from my parents, I bootlegged it from Radio 1 so that I could explore over and over again its strange six-part structure and mock opera libretto. It was indeed brinkmanship that led to the release of the song as a single.
The film casts Mike Myers as a stereotypical record label executive. What on earth is it about? It goes on for ever — six bloody minutes! To overcome this kind of resistance, Queen simply handed a tape of the song to the Capital Radio DJ Kenny Everett, who «accidentally» played it on his show. It must surely have breached the band’s contract with EMI. But, of course, it worked, forcing the record company to release one of the biggest hits in its history.
While in Salzburg, forcing the record company to release one of the biggest hits in its history. Less than four weeks later — among the sights you will see in Prague are Charles Bridge, 2008 New York City radio station Q104. You can personalise your profile picture. But he is still going to the brink with the Chinese. Disc: 1st Best British Group, yet somehow you can’t stop watching Bohemian Rhapsody, stream size : 3.
The big question of 2019 is how far the Freddie Mercury approach can be safely applied to politics. Brinkmanship is a word with a long history. In 1956, Dwight Eisenhower’s secretary of state, John Foster Dulles, described «the ability to get to the verge without getting into the war» as «the necessary art»: «If you cannot master it, you inevitably get into a war. If you try to run away from it, if you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost.
For Dulles, brinkmanship meant that the United States must be willing to threaten nuclear war to resist communist expansion, whether it threatened Berlin or obscure islands off Taiwan. This high-stakes approach was much criticised by liberals, who feared nuclear Armageddon more than they feared the consequences of appeasing the Soviet Union. Yet Eisenhower’s Democrat successor, John F Kennedy, gave a masterclass in brinkmanship during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. When Kennedy learnt that the Soviets were installing nuclear missiles on Cuba, he decided to impose a naval blockade to halt further Soviet shipments of military hardware to the island. In a television address, he issued an ultimatum, demanding the withdrawal of missiles.
In case Moscow did not comply, Kennedy ordered the preparation of an invasion force — unaware that the Soviets already had enough battlefield nuclear missiles on Cuba to destroy any invading army. Saturday, October 27, 1962, was probably the day in history when the world came closest to destruction. 22am an American U-2 spy plane was shot down over Cuba by a Soviet SA-2 rocket, fired by the local Soviet commander without authorisation from Moscow. Meanwhile, another U-2 had unintentionally strayed into Soviet airspace near the Bering Strait. He wanted «to look and to smell it», he later said, «because I thought it was the last Saturday I would ever see». We know now that Kennedy’s brinkmanship paid off. The Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was sufficiently intimidated to cut a secret back-channel deal, whereby he agreed to withdraw the Soviet missiles from Cuba if the Americans withdrew theirs from Turkey. But did that seem the most likely outcome that Saturday night? One senior Kremlin adviser telephoned his wife and told her to «drop everything and get out of Moscow».