All right, who shook the tree and made all the nuts fall out? First Kim Jong Un fell onto the world stage irritating and trying to intimidate his neighbors, followed by our own Donald Trump with his little Twitter fingers – flashing tweets irritating and intimidating his neighbors. These two don’t play well with others and could be a recipe for disaster.
Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s message included threats that North Korea had been working on Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, that could reach the West Coast of the US mainland. Kim said he could fire such a missile “at any time.”
If North Korea continues down this path and test fires an ICBM, the international community has warned current sanctions against the country will worsen. It’s difficult to believe, however, that more sanctions would work against the Korean dictator. Sanctions haven’t worked so far, and in fact, all they seemed to have done is make him more resolute about developing threats to other nations. North Korea sees their weapons as bargaining chips.
Of course, Trump exacerbated the situation by tweeting “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the US. It won’t happen!” Kim Jong Un has always acted like a school-yard bully and now the yard is filling up with bullies and it’s getting crowded. It seems only a matter of time until one feels a little too insecure and throws the first punch.
This would be fine if they were punching each other in the face, but that would not be the reality of the situation. The reality could be deadly for tens of thousands – likely more – of people in the US, Korea, and their surrounding neighbors.
Nuclear weapons are supposed to be a deterrent to war, but the North Korean leader, and the soon to be US leader, are acting as if these weapons are just another shot to be fired across the other nation’s bow – they are not. The threat of using weapons of mass destruction should not be taken lightly. Neither Kim Jong Un or Donald Trump should be using them as threats because both have itchy trigger fingers and both have new toys in their arsenals they haven’t played with yet.
If we shake a tree long enough, something is sure to fall on our heads.