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Word war leads to threats of all-out nuclear war

by Breonnah Colon - Campus Talk Editor
Tue, Sep 26th 2017 08:00 pm
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 If you have been living under a rock for the past week, it may be due to nonchalant talk of nuclear war being spewed from President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un’s mouths. In that case, I completely understand and may even be joining you momentarily. 

The current tension between the United States and North Korea is reminiscent of the Cold War of the 50s. It's remarkable that talk of nuclear war is being thrown around after countries all over the planet are asking for peace.While America continues to invest hundreds of billions of dollars on its military, Trump shows no sign of slowing down its military presence around the globe. Trump’s recent comments toward North Korea have all been extremely hostile and confrontive. Kim Jong has not feared responding with equal hostility. He has continued testing weapons of mass destruction even after sanctions and other preemptive measure were put against them by the United Nations and other forces around the world.

But, much like with other issues being faced by this country, it seems Trump has managed to turn back the hands of time and plunk American citizens right back into times of mass fear of impending war with nothing less than 150 words on his twitter feed.

Granted, Trump didn’t exactly start this particular feud, shocking I know; however, he certainly isn’t doing his best to de-escalate the situation, either. Recently, North Korea has been test firing missiles — a lot of them. According to CNN, the country has launched 22 missiles since the beginning of this year to be exact. The goal of these tests is to perfect their missile technology, for what purpose is not exactly known, however, I would assume it’s not merely to look at the shiny weapons of mass destruction.

Throughout their many tests, which have gained media coverage in and of themselves, the country has flown missiles over Japan and have even threatened both the U.S. territory of Guam as well as the U.S. mainland itself in recent news. These activities have caused some real tension between North Korea and the U.S. as well as served to put leaders of other nations on edge.

According the ABC, the U.N. Security Council, “strongly condemned North Korea’s "highly provocative ballistic missile test” and called for the ministry of the country to put an immediate end to their actions as well as commit to their word on denuclearizing the country. The U.N. considered the missile tests to be a threat to all 193 U.N. member states.When looking at Trump’s reaction to the tests, he held back very little and threaten to attack North Korea. According to The New York Times, Trump threatened the U.S. would “totally destroy North Korea.” Amidst his threats, Trump also called out the country's leader, referring to him as “rocket-man.” In turn, Kim Jong calling the president a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” as well as threatened the U.S. mainland.

Despite the childlike name-calling, which makes leaders of both countries look foolish, his argument draws away from the bigger picture: of a war, especially a war involving nuclear weaponry is likely to ensue. If it were to actually happen it would be at the expense of those who live in these two countries. It would do well for both leaders to remind themselves that their role as leader does not justify the sacrifice of their followers or allies. It is  my own personal belief that if Trump and Kim Jong want to fight they should, just them two, alone. They should be put into a room to fight one another, without weapons of course. Just as outlandish and absurd as that scenario would be so is that of a war between the two countries, especially a nuclear war.

If both leaders are truly intent on making their country better than the other they should focus their attention on issues such as better education and helping their citizens live healthier lives, you know the things that actually matter. Nuclear warfare is nothing to joke around about and it isn’t something to incite either. People's lives are not worthless and should not be the price to pay for any leader’s ego, no matter how immature they are.

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