I’m sure we’ve all seen the image now, a text alert reading; “Emergency Alert: BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” You can forgive the people of Hawaii for panicking and preparing for the end. Although this warning turned out to be a false alarm, I feel that it is indicative of the times we live in.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a representative for Hawaii, lays the blame at Donald Trump failing to effectively manage the North Korea crisis.
I was born in 1991 and therefore did not experience the climate of fear that came with the Cold War. I never experienced the genuine threat of the nuclear bomb, yet, the world of today brings back that looming shadow.
Although Kim Jong-un’s regime has long been seen as problematic and troublesome, these tensions didn’t seem quite so heated under Obama. Previous to the current regime, Kim Jong-un’s father was also seen as an enemy of the US, with President Bush labelling North Korea part of an Axis of Evil. Despite this label, I never felt that North Korea was that much of a tangible threat during these years.
One does have to consider the developments North Korea have made to their missile technology and nuclear weapon capabilities over recent years, however I can’t help feel that it is in part, President Trump who helps exacerbate the situation.
At 71 Donald Trump is one of the oldest Presidents to have occupied the Oval office, he is also one of the least experienced. As for being a self made millionaire, this is a man who inherited a vast fortune from his father, made use of America’s bankruptcy rules multiple times and someone who would have simply made a lot more money having invested it in Index Funds and stocks.
Perhaps what really separates him from his predecessors in the White House is his compulsion to post on Twitter. Trump isn’t the only person in the world who has no filter when it comes to posting on Twitter, however, as the leader of the free world he should possess a bit more finesse and class. I’m not for one second saying that it is unpresidential of him for using Twitter as his main source of communicating; there is a real need to engage the younger generation with politics and I feel that social media is a legitimate way to reach those goals. What I am suggesting is however, Trump needs to behave accordingly with the post that he holds when using Twitter.
After all, this is the man who ‘tweeted’ that his nuclear button was “bigger and more powerful” that his North Korean counterpart. It is rhetoric like this that makes people feel nuclear war is impending. It is rhetoric like this that sends Hawaiians running for their lives when a nuclear warning is accidentally pressed. It is rhetoric like this that I don’t think you’d find coming from any previous president in such a public setting such as Twitter.
Ultimately it might not prove to be much of a debate, but I feel that it is Donald Trump and in particular his use of social media that is hurtling us towards nuclear oblivion.
Article by Joshua McNeill