The threat of nuclear war between the USA and Russia was on the table as a result. The question is if this North Korean crisis is any different? As in 1962 a dictator of a relatively small nation 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 intent of overthrowing Castro.
US firms and interests in Cuba were targeted and Castro’s anti-American rhetoric and other things had motivated Eisenhower to attempt the overthrow. On the other side, however, Cuba was ready for the assault when it occurred on Kennedy’s watch in 1962.
Since the poorly armed exiles landed they were met with counter-attacks in the Cuban military and their supply ships were sunk. While the USA expected the people of the island nation would rise up in support of the invasion it did not happen. Rather Russia stepped in and sent missiles and constructed suitable bases to prevent another attempt at military intervention.
The recently elected President lost considerable prestige in his own nation and the threat of atomic war was greatly escalated. So what’s the difference now with the current situation.
Trump is also newly elected. Russia is standing by and will without doubt support the goals of the dictator whose regime is strictly controlled and will stand behind him.
China has not complied with requests to stop trade with the nation and Kim Jong-un seems well delighted with the crisis he has created. No matter how much they’ve pleaded with those who could help prevent him he continues to push harder to attain his goal.
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 announced 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 encourage Assad, another dictator that has threatened world peace. It has provided him with weapons and support from the Russian army so can it afford to do the exact same for North Korea?
The reason is that the Russian economy is badly affected and it can’t wage such a war against the USA. It is, however, meddling in elections in the western nations, such as the USA. Where this will lead is anybody’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, no matter what happens. By the time when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Japan on August 6th, 1945 leaders of nations have been facing the afternoon when a nuclear war is inevitable.
Treading carefully through the diplomatic and good-neighbour policies of authorities takes skill and Trump doesn’t have that in him. Old Testament prophecies have explained the strategy 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 another… they will be dung on the ground.” Jeremiah 26:33
That’s a frightening promise but already there are instances of such from the East where the dead are so many that burial is nearly impossible. Aleppo in Syria is one such place. The bombs that rained down on the people were indiscriminate in their own intentions and mortal in effect.
Is this what the next episode of history will record? The question is whether there will be anyone alive to document it? Is the North Korean Crisis and Trump the causes to bring it about? Meanwhile the planet will continue to hold its breath as we wait to see.