Last week, North Korea threatened to nuke the U.S.-controlled island of Guam in the Western Pacific in response to Trump’s threats to unleash a nuclear hellfire. In a recent phone call to the Governor of Guam, Eddie Calvo, Trump assured the country that their popularity with tourists would go up “tenfold” with zero cash spent on marketing.
I have to tell you, you have become extremely famous all over the world. They are talking about Guam; and they’re talking about you,
Trump told Calvo.
A Nuclear War is a Serious Deal
The U.S. leader, however, fails to see the big picture: the island of Guam could be reduced to ashes overnight. All can Trump think about is making money and growing business, which should not be a surprise considering his background.
However, it is astonishing that a country’s leader can take lightly the possibility of a nuclear war, which he escalated in the first place. Ever since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, world leaders have been very cautious when talking about nuclear war.
The prospect of a nuclear war has influenced the political discourse and pop culture to a great extent. For instance, fictional characters that have been haunting the collective psyche like Godzilla and Hulk stem from a nuclear scenario.
The world was pushed to the brink during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis, but fortunately, diplomacy prevailed. According to the most recent report, the world hosts 10,000 nuclear warheads, most of which are in the U.S. and Russia.
Trump Escalating Nuclear Tensions Like There’s No Tomorrow
So, it is very strange that a U.S. president forgoes diplomacy so easily and chooses to escalate nuclear tensions like no Western leader has done before. His critics even accused him of trying to distract the public from the real issues such as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into his associates’ and his family’s business ties as part of the Russia story.
If it still is too hard to believe that Trump told Guam that a nuclear war was good for tourism, you can watch this video here:
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