You do have to wonder at the abruptness of having arrived on the edge of the cliff as if out of nowhere.
But I truly wish that it were Iran and not North Korea that was involved. Kim is an absolute despot and unstable or at least unpredictable. He is also being pressured by Trump’s reckless and rash bluster! Trump is perhaps equally unstable and unpredictable but the assumption is that other saner and less cynical minds are putting a brake on Trump’s autocratic sociopathology. Kim may not have a similar group of advisors in his inner circle.
Trump at a minimum will not order the execution of a critic nor the arrest and imprisonment of that person’s family. NK’s Kim may literally not have any reliable critics to provide other views or anyone brave enough to even offer them. So even if Trump is making the most of this distraction (if a nuclear holocaust could be called a distraction) because his counterpart is Kim, the danger is very real that it could become much more than bluster and posturing!
If this were Iran, the world would not be holding its breath in suspense. Diplomacy or even non nuclear war would be the order of the day. This ‘distraction’ with NK is an total unknown! Trump is the last person to trust in such a situation and Kim is of course, even worse!
Can you believe it? Two megalomaniac princes of privilege huffing and puffing all ready to execute tens of millions on a dare or if Trump doesn’t shut up …on a scare!