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Waking up to World War III

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GOOGLE searches for the term “World War 3” are at the highest level since records started back in 2004 in a clear reflection of the nervous global mood in these diplomatically tumultuous times.

Recent military manoeuvring and chest beating from both the Trump administration and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has set the world on edge and, for the first time in this generation, opened up the prospect of global warfare.

What was once the stuff of history books for most of the world’s population is now beginning to look an awful lot like a burgeoning reality and we all find ourselves holding our collective breath in anticipation of what tomorrow may bring.

Some are seeing the funny side. Memes from millennials in America poking fun at dodging the draft in the event of World War III have started flooding the Internet.

And one tweet referenced the universally-panned Pepsi commercial as a method for solving the crisis.

While the ridiculousness of the situation is not lost on everyone, there is also a serious cause for concern.

The chess pieces for war are slowly moving into position: Trump’s “armada” is situated off the Korean coast, Japan is joining the US in war drills, satellite images show the stage is set for North Korea to test a nuclear weapon at a moment’s notice, and Trump is claiming Pyongyang is a problem that “will be taken care of”.

In response to the mounting provocations from the US and its allies, North Korean state-owned news outlet, KCNA, issued on Friday what is perhaps the starkest warning yet.

“This has created a dangerous situation in which a thermo-nuclear war may break out any moment on the peninsula and posed serious threat to the world peace and security.”

As the perfect storm continues to brew with no signs of abating, it’s clear the US is trying to assert pressure on North Korea in an attempt to deter Kim from testing out weapons come the April 15 celebration of the 105th anniversary of the birth of his grandfather, Kim Il Sung. What is not clear, however, is what happens next?

Kim has shown he is not the type of leader to be cowed by Western pressures and he is likely to call the US president’s bluff tomorrow. What Trump’s next move will be is currently anyone’s guess, but one false move could prove to be the match that sets this tinderbox alight.

So could April 15, 2017, be a day history remembers? Is this our generation’s Franz Ferdinand? Our invasion of Poland?

One can only hope not. In all likelihood, the warships, the submarines, the military war games are all blustering that will ultimately prove to be a lot of smoke without any fire. But it’s fair for the world to hold its collective breath because there is an awful lot of smoke.

asiancorrespondent.com



9 Comments on "Waking up to World War III"

  1. Cloggie on Fri, 14th Apr 2017 6:33 am 

    Taking out rogue North-Korean nukes is a combined US-Chinese-Japanese-South-Korean interest.

    The question is: how do you do that, without several cities turning into dust? A risky preemptive strike?

    It is not entirely impossible that Trump and Xi had an agreement reached during Xi’s recent visit.

    At least Putin and Assad can lean back a little for a while.

  2. makati1 on Fri, 14th Apr 2017 7:22 am 

    China will not allow the U$ to gain control of N. Korea. It will step in and take control itself, if the U$ does something stupid like invading. Meanwhile Seoul, and maybe a few U$ bases in Japan and S. Korea become mushroom clouds.

  3. AFDF on Fri, 14th Apr 2017 8:42 am 

    Only Nixon can go to China so I could see King Trump allying with the Chinese and NK is just a coverup for invasian of Russia.

    Dictator Putin is weak and is afraid of bastard Trump. Putin doesn’t like seeing dictators on the chopping block because he is one himself! Putin is busy killing his opponents because they want to put him on the chopping block.

    Siberia is resource rich and US and China can survive on Siberian resources for another century.

  4. efarmer on Fri, 14th Apr 2017 10:27 am 

    NK has snuffed all top level officials they can find that they believe are China linked. Assuming the bell curve of distribution of Chinese intel in NK, the big hump of the bell curve must undoubtedly still be in place. The Chinese realize if NK gets a suitable US missile package developed it is a shooting war trigger and will pull the plug on NK in a manner preferable to chaos but still messy and unpalatble to them. We should offer the Chinese a free stream of surplus grain to prevent an exodus of starving refugees from NK as a sweetener when such times manifest. I.E. don’t bring a big gun to a food fight when you own the cafeteria.

  5. Dredd on Fri, 14th Apr 2017 11:01 am 

    The war trance is getting stronger by the day (When You Are Governed By Psychopaths – 7). The doomsday clock has been moved to 2.5 minutes til midnight.

  6. Sissyfuss on Fri, 14th Apr 2017 11:31 am 

    China knows that if they allow Il Son Dumb to launch an EMP attack on the US well hell, there goes their customer base. Tension is building like a coiled steel spring that eventually must uncoil violently. Damn these interesting times.

  7. BobInget on Fri, 14th Apr 2017 2:04 pm 

    One method of prison survival: Act crazy.
    Potentially violent loonies often steer clear.

    Since Presidents Nixon, Bush, Clinton, Obama made no secret of ideology, goals, therein lies a certain degree of predictability. Someone who may be acting crazy for effect, who may not have any ideology further then
    wining ‘deals’, scares the shit out of most contemporary world leaders. I believe DJT truly frightened the Chinese and Russians when they realized he is utterly devoid of historical, political, knowledge. The man is an empty suit. In short, a totally unreliable puppet.

    D.Trump has no interest in the past.
    No one can scare DJT.
    He OTOH scares EVEYONE.

    It seems entirely possible our fearless president will either get us all killed or solve geopolitical problems that eluded past administrations.

    Two other possibilities. DJT will be removed from office based on his inability to find Russia on a map.
    Or, our totally unfit for duty President will be isolated
    like Queen Elisabeth, hauled out for ceremonial events, holed up on one of his golf clubs ready at any time for another campaign.

  8. joe on Fri, 14th Apr 2017 4:47 pm 

    DPRK will probobly test a device of some kind, China will probobly not like it. Trump will blame China, and thats the set up for his anti-China policies that he wants.

  9. makati1 on Fri, 14th Apr 2017 5:55 pm 

    Lots of theories in the comments above, but not well thought out. I see the U$ propaganda machine working overtime to bend the America sheeple to an acceptance of a world war.

    North Korea is only reacting to the war the U$ has constantly waged on them since the 50s. If the U$ minded its own business and stayed in its own country, the world would be and would have been at peace.

    The U$ needs war to exist. It needs weapons sales to keep it’s economy from crashing and burning and the dollar from evaporating. It can only do so by force of guns. Now Russia, China have more efficient and better ‘guns’.

    As Sissyfuss said, “we live in interesting times”. The End Times, I think.

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