Does nuclear war beckon?
We’ve had a good run. After nearly 15,000 years of human civilisation stretching back around 12,000 BCE in the Levant region of southwest Asia, it seems that President Donald J Trump has decided that, actually, being alive isn’t that good.
In the long running and quickly escalating war of words between the US and North Korea, the Whitehouse has taken unprecedented steps in issuing direct threats to the hermit nation.
Obese, cat strangling toddler impersonator Kim Jung Un has, in recent times, taken his country’s nuclear arms programme to another level, releasing footage of a number of intercontinental missile tests.
There is some debate currently being had between Japanese, US and other international experts as to whether North Korea already has the ability to miniaturise nuclear warheads to place them into the head of intercontinental missiles capable of reaching the US mainland.
Some insist that the Koreans technology is still way off being capable of launching a successful strike on the US, but others argue that they may well already have the sufficient technology to achieve this.
Trump broke cover earlier this week. “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump told journalists at his club in Bedminster, New Jersey. “They will be met with fire and the fury like the world has never seen.”
The comments were quickly played down by US secretaries of state and defence, insisting that the US is seeking diplomatic resolution to the crisis. The administration appeared to be in full clean up mode following the comments as the look of surprise on Trump aides’ faces as he went into his trademark verbal diarrhoea was unmistakable.
Almost as though a child digs their heels in when reprimanded by a parent, Trump almost immediately, the day after, then told the world’s media that his remarks were, in fact, not “tough enough”.
As reported in The Guardian, Trump said on Thursday: “Maybe it wasn’t tough enough. They’ve been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years, and it’s about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries. So if anything, maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough.”
Asked if the US is considering a pre-emptive strike, the president replied: “We don’t talk about that. I never do.”
Trump went on to say that North Korea should be “very nervous” if it is even thinking about launching an attack on the US or its allies. “Because things will happen to them like they never thought possible, OK? He’s been pushing the world around for a long time.”
Deciding that they felt left out of the ridiculous, idiotic, rhetoric North Korea responded by calling the statement nonsense, and decided it would be appropriate to then put together a plan to launch missiles at US territory in Guam, a pacific island that is 75% military bases.
Not satisfied that he’s brought us sufficiently to the brink of the apocalypse Trump has today tweeted that “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”