The threat of all out nuclear war between the USA and Russia was on the table consequently. The question is whether this North Korean crisis is any different? As in 1962 a dictator of a relatively small country is demonstrating a threat to the mighty power of North America.
In 1961 Kennedy inherited the situation by Dwight D. Eisenhower, his predecessor, who had ordered the CIA to finance and train a group of Cuban exiles with the aim of overthrowing Castro. The latter had seized power in a revolution staged in January 1959.
US firms and interests in Cuba were targeted and Castro’s anti-American rhetoric and other things had inspired Eisenhower to attempt the overthrow. On the other side, however, Cuba was prepared for the assault when it occurred on Kennedy’s watch in 1962.
As the poorly armed exiles landed they were met with counter-attacks from the Cuban military and their supply ships were sunk. While the USA expected the people of this island nation would rise up in support of the invasion it did not happen. Rather Russia stepped in and delivered missiles and built suitable bases to stop another attempt at military intervention.
The newly elected President lost significant prestige in his own country and the threat of atomic war was greatly escalated. So what’s the difference today with the current situation.
Trump is also newly elected. Like Kennedy he has promised an invasion of North Korea to ward off a threat to the Western allies and finally to the USA. Russia is standing by and will no doubt support the goals of the dictator whose regime is strictly controlled and will stand behind him.
China hasn’t complied with requests to stop trade with the country and Kim Jong-un seems well delighted with the crisis he’s created. No matter how much they’ve pleaded with those who could assist to stop him he continues to push harder to attain his objective.
Trump has put himself out there with his high-handed threats and to back away from them is not in his character. Now he’s declared that efforts to get China to assist with the crisis has failed. Will he, like Kennedy, order an invasion and will Russia and China go to the aid of North Korea or stand aside.
Russia quickly went into Syria to support Assad, another dictator that has threatened world peace. It’s provided him with weapons and support by the Russian army so can it afford to do the exact same for North Korea?
The reason is that the Russian market is badly affected and it can’t wage such a war against the USA. It is, however, meddling in elections in the western countries, such as the USA. Where this will lead is anyone’s guess at this time but the chances of an all-out invasion by the USA and its allies into North Korea is looking more likely by the day.
We’re in the end times, regardless of what happens. Whether nuclear war starts on the Korean peninsula or elsewhere has little bearing on what is now inevitable. From the time when the first nuclear bomb was dropped on Japan on August 6th, 1945 leaders of nations have been facing the day when a nuclear war is inevitable.
Treading carefully through the diplomatic and good-neighbour policies of governments takes skill and Trump does not have that in him. Old Testament prophecies have explained the plan to bring the world to an end and it seems like they are coming true:
“And the slain of God shall be at that day from one end of the ground… unto the other… they will be as dung on the floor.” Jeremiah 26:33
That is a frightening promise but there are instances of such in the East where the deceased are so many that burial is nearly impossible. Aleppo in Syria is one such location. The bombs that rained down on the people were indiscriminate in their targets and deadly in effect.
The question is whether there will be anyone alive to record it? Is the North Korean Crisis and Trump the triggers to bring it about?