Given the tumult that has been sweeping the globe in recent months, it is not very hard to find a doom-and-gloom prediction of World War III in the media.
The United States has unleashed its military might in Syria, responding to attacks carried out by the brutal regime of President Bashar al-Assad, a monster in his own right accused of using chemical weapons to incapacitate dozens of his own citizens. In the wake of that horrific action, the U.S. intelligence agencies have begun an investigation into possible complicity by the Russian military in the coverup of those attacks.
Meanwhile, North Korea has taken advantage of the changing of the guard in Washington D.C. to push the envelope, in terms of rhetoric, not only threatening to set off a nuclear device to “surprise” U.S. President Donald Trump, but Kim Jog Un’s hermit kingdom have been busy launching test rockets in the general direction of Japan. This has promoted the United States to send a Naval strike group to the area in a show of force against the despotic regime.
These bold actions, along with the growing threat of ISIS and liberal anarchists in America, have put Donald Trump in between a few rocks and a whole lot of hard places not 90 days into his first term. Attacking Syria has had the effect of poking the Russian bear, so to speak, and any actions against North Korea will certainly incur a response from Beijing. The game of superpowers has truly begun.
Now, China has made a bold move in the case of North Korea, amassing 150,000 troops near their border with Kim Jong Un’s secretive nation.
“According to Chosun, a Korean news agency, the People’s Republic of China has moved an estimated 150,000 troops to the border of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (a.k.a. North Korea) in order to prepare for ‘unforeseen circumstances.’
“Among such unforeseen circumstances? The possibility of ‘military action’ by the United States.
“Over the weekend, U.S. president Donald Trump ordered the U.S.S. Carl Vinson (CVN – 70) – a 1980 Nimitz-class aircraft carrier – and three guided-missile destroyers to break off planned exercises in Australia and head toward the Korean peninsula.
“This redirection was ostensibly ordered in response to North Korea’s latest missile test – in which a nuclear-capable intermediate-range ballistic missile called the Pukguksong-2 was successfully fired for the second time.”
China’s shortening of North Korea’s leash in recent years has been mostly at the behest of the rest of the civilized world, who are growing weary of the reclusive country’s outward hostility and unpredictable nature.
Couple that uncouth attitude with reports of unbelievable human rights violations occurring within North Korea, a la the Holocaust, and it would be difficult to find any opposition to military action against Kim Jong Un, with the only exception being China and their belief that they are able to control the nepotistic despot.