“Trump finds the keys to family gun cabinet” read The Guardian headline yesterday.
It seems like that doesn’t it.
America is dancing with the devil at the moment by prodding the Russians in Syria.
WW1 kicked off over comparatively innocuous events and I fear the next big one would start similarly.
To me it seems like games are being played by men in suits and we have not the foggiest idea of the true situation; and for all their power even those same men know not how the future will be played out. If it all kicks off, the butterfly effect theory would be more useful to consider than the reassuring words of any leader or narrative.
Today actually we also have reason to hold our breath:
From the New York Times:
HONG KONG — China warned on Friday that tensions on the Korean Peninsula could spin out of control, as North Korea said it could test a nuclear weapon at any time and an American naval group neared the peninsula in a show of resolve.
“The United States and South Korea and North Korea are engaging in tit for tat, with swords drawn and bows bent, and there have been storm clouds gathering,” China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, said in Beijing, according to Xinhua, the state news agency.
“We urge all sides to no longer engage in mutual provocation and threats, whether through words or deeds, and don’t push the situation to the point where it can’t be turned around and gets out of hand,” Mr. Wang said after meeting with his visiting French counterpart, Jean-Marc Ayrault, according to Xinhua.
“No matter who it is, if they let war break out on the peninsula, they must shoulder that historical culpability and pay the corresponding price for this,” Mr. Wang said.
I don’t often worry but world politics at the moment have made me very dour. I guess I am scared for friends who live elsewhere in the world.
What particlarly saddens me is how little we as citizens can do to influence outcomes at this level. We- or me at least- are far too used to seeing XYZ trivial issue in local or national politics being played out, scrutinised or addressed by the media and our collective reaction steering the outcome to an acceptable degree. Is quite sobering for this writer to realise that with some things we seem like inconsequential drops in the ocean.
Still, plenty of analysts think the North Korean headlines are just more sabre rattling from all sides. If the North attacks Seoul then the North risks annihilation. If Seoul attacks the North, it risks the same. Ergo, a blow up is unlikely because it makes no sense for either adversary to jump the gun.
I hope that git in the Whitehouse contemplates more than just Jesus and golf this weekend at Mar-a-Lago.