There has been a pervasive feeling hanging in the air for the last few months that a major global conflict could begin at any moment.
Much of this worrisome aura has been fueled by the emergence of Vladimir Putin and Russia as a force of nature on the horizon, ready and willing to oppose the United States’ stance on just about any minor conflict that we find ourselves in. Perhaps misconstruing the divided nature of Americans as a weakness, thanks to the democrats’ obnoxious “resistance” movement, Putin has been quick to provoke the United States ever since the election of Donald Trump as President.
First, there was the unbelievable story of a Syrian chemical weapons attack, which the Pentagon seems to believed that Russia was complicit in. The attack, which caused the horrific deaths of dozens of Syrian civilians, was met with a fast and feverish show of force by the United States in which 59 Tomahawk Cruise missiles were sent to rain down upon the airbase in Syria where the chemical weapon attack originated from. That short-lived response to the inhumane and illegal use of these weapons prompted a threat from Russia: The next attack on Syria will be met by Russian military force.
Now, as Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un are locked in testy battle over the raucous regime’s constant military threats against the U.S. and her allies, Vladimir Putin has waltzed into the room playing a very different tune than expected, ramping up the tempo at which these three nations are dancing.
“VLADIMIR Putin waded into the North Korea crisis this morning and told Donald Trump: ‘Stop bullying Kim.’
“Russia’s ironman leader warned the ‘intimidation’ of Kim Jong-un’s regime must end.
“He said: ‘We must stop intimidating North Korea and find a peaceful solution to this problem.’
“At a meeting on his state visit to China, Putin added: ‘We are categorically against the expansion of the club of nuclear powers.’
“‘We consider [the missile test] counter-productive, harmful and dangerous.’
“Despot Kim is trying to fit a nuclear warhead to one of his ballistic missiles – the largest of which it is feared could hit the US.
“Following the latest test, a White House statement said: “With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil – in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan – the President cannot imagine that Russia is pleased.”
At first glance, it seemed likely that Putin and the Russians were completely in line with the United States’ stance on Kim Jong Un, even going so far as to deploy their own troops to their minuscule border with North Korea. This disturbing new attitude only complicates the situation in southeast Asia, in which China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. are all intimately involved.
Kim Jong Un’s missile tests, while hilariously flawed at times, are not getting worse by any means. The latest provocative test was very successful, by North Korean standards, traveling nearly 500 miles in 30 minutes. The predicament on the peninsula is certainly growing more worrisome, rather than less, and to say that Russia’s newfound defiance has come at an inopportune time would be the understatement of the month.