For the first time since the 1980s, the U.S. has sent nuclear submarines to dock in South Korea. The goal of the U.S. in doing so is to threaten North Korea in response to that country’s continued nuclear weapons tests and belligerent statements about the U.S.
The U.S. is the only country in the world to have ever used nuclear weapons against a foreign power, as it did during World War II against Japan. The U.S. has also carried out full military invasions of Vietnam and Iraq, and numerous military incursions against Korea, Central and South American countries, other Middle East countries, and in Eastern Europe. For this reason, states like North Korea and Iran have sought nuclear weapons as a deterrent. The U.S. would certainly think twice about launching an invasion of a country with nuclear weapons. North Korea is also marked by the history of the Korean War, in which five million people were killed from 1950 to 1953. The North Korean government since that time has made anti-U.S. rhetoric a central part of its domestic and international statements.
Behind the sabre-rattling stands the history of U.S. domination of Southeast Asia. The U.S. has been increasing its presence in the South China Sea, squaring off against China, which is allied with North Korea. Warning signs of a very dangerous conflict are brewing, a conflict that could escalate into a nuclear disaster of unprecedented proportions. By sending nuclear submarines to South Korea, the U.S. is escalating the conflict and bringing humanity one step closer to disaster.
This deadly game of military threats and nuclear escalation threatens all of humanity. By escalating the conflict, the U.S. government is only increasing the danger that threatens the whole world.