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Compromise not crisis with North Korea

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It’s time to grab your coats and practice ducking into gutters because that’s exactly where we are headed if this North Korea missile crisis isn’t handled.

And yes, it is a crisis, reminiscent of the Cuban Missile Crisis that happened in the early 1960s, we are heading back in time.

Yeah, this is may be the 21st century but it sure as hell hasn’t been regarded as such because some of the population have kept some of the ignorant ideals of that era.

Just like the 60s, there has been a rise of hate crimes and the threat of nuclear war.

Granted, the threat of imminent nuclear war has always been present, but now it’s a great possibility.

North Korea has just launched their most recent missile Wednesday Nov. 28, a successful launch, people, successful.

The state of Honolulu has just knocked their air raid siren back into commission, for the first time since the early 1980s when the U.S. was still involved in the Cold War, in the wake of North Korea’s recent missile launch.

Let’s keep in mind North Korea has been test launching their nuclear missiles for a while now, as the saying goes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

And Kim Jong-un and his nuclear scientists are bound to succeed soon enough.

Yes, some may argue that Kim Jong-un is only flexing his muscles and never actually intends to put said muscles into use, but can we really afford to take that chance?

President Donald Trump himself has already addressed the media on his favorite method of correspondence on Twitter about the situation, stating, “Just spoke to President XI JINPING of China concerning the provocative actions of North Korea. Additional major sanctions will be imposed on North Korea today. This situation will be handled!”

But will the situation be handled or is the big head cheese only saying this to pacify the U.S. populous?

What does Trump know about missiles and missile defense tactics anyways?

This is not a problem that he can cover up or push money at, yet has has already advised that “It’s more important than ever to fund our gov’t & military!” and managing a poor attempt to default attention away from him to the Democratic Party via the same tweet, “Dems shouldn’t hold troop funding hostage for amnesty & illegal immigration.”

Instead of Trump playing his signature “defer the blame” card when all eyes are on him to make his next move, he should seriously be putting aside childish differences with Kim Jong-un and reach a stalemate.

A bomb threat is always taken seriously so why are we, as U.S. citizens, allowing Trump to treat the North Korea nuclear missile situation as a “whip-yours-out, and-I’ll-whip-out-mine” type of scenario?

Trump needs to put the phone down, stop acting like a prepubescent child and actually try to compromise with Kim Jong-un, who are both grown-ass men by the way.

For those who will argue that Trump shouldn’t negotiate with U.S. enemies, launching this country into all-out war or bombing the hell out of North Korea isn’t the answer either.

It’s costly and devastating- lives shouldn’t be sacrificed for something that can be easily resolved.

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Compromise not crisis with North Korea