The United States President Donald Trump is the most controversial President in the history of the US. He fails to show restraint both in his domestic and international politics measures. From announcing Muslim ban to militarily engaging in the Syrian conflict to giving out open threats to nuclear-armed country North Korea. The last among all is measures portends danger for future because to every warning or threat, North Korea has also sent out similar war threats, saying "We Will Go To War If They Choose."
Given this political development, if both nuclear-armed states decide to go out on a full-scale war, what will be the nature of war? Will the international community have a positive role to play in this war or will the world be divided into two blocs, echoing the Cold War?
Let us take a look at Trump's political misadventures since he has taken charge of the White House, starting with the most controversial Executive Order 13769. What is this executive order?
We will take a glimpse of this and the politics around it.
The Executive Order 13769 or more popularly known as the Muslim ban signed by President Trump on February 1, 2017, suspends immigration from six Muslim countries, blocking refugees from entering the US for four months and indefinitely stopping the inflow of Syrian refugees into the US. The six countries in the new order include Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya.
Anger erupted all over American against the travel ban. This discriminatory order declares the entry of "nationals of Syria as refugees" as "detrimental to the interests of the United States." However, the numbers of Syrian refugees in the US is relatively low and have contrary to Trump's claims, not indulged in acts of terrorism or compromised America's security. Instead, the dangers to security emerge from population growth, scarcity, crime, faulty urbanisation territorialisation.
Donald Trump's second misadventure was the building of the 'Great' Mexican Wall. On March 17, 2017, a pair of contract notices posted on a Government website revealed that the Trump Administration wants to build a 30-foot-high border wall that will be difficult to climb or cut through. It also gave details about Donald Trump's promise to build a "big, beautiful wall" at the Mexican border.
Making matters worse, Trump went ahead to say that the cost of the wall will be borne by Mexico to which Mexican President Enrique Pena said while addressing to his nation that Mexico does not believe in walls, I have told this over and over, Mexico will not pay for the wall."It was said when nbsp;the idea was floated by the Trump administration on January 25, 2016.
On April 6, 2017, US, on President Trump's orders, launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on a Syrian government airbase in response to Assad regime chemical weapons attack that had killed dozens of civilians, including children earlier on April 4, 2017.
In his short remarks after the launch, Trump said, "Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons."
The missile strike is the first direct military intervention by the US against the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. This has repercussions internationally, leading Russia to suspend the memorandum of understanding on air safety over Syria with the US, which was aimed to avoid incidents and ensuring security in operations in Syrian airspace incident.
Considering the missile attack as a "gross violation of the memorandum" that was signed in 2015, Russian Defense official Major General Igor Konashenkov said, "The administrations of the United States are changing, but the methods of unleashing wars have remained the same since Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya. And again, the pretext of aggression is not an objective investigation, but allegations, fact manipulation, showing photos and pseudo-vials at international organizations."
Once again on April 22, 2017, North Korea declared that "US muscle-flexing can never browbeat DPRK," threatening "a nuclear war" against the US if it is attacked.
"The DPRK will react to a total war with an all-out war, a nuclear war with nuclear strikes of its own and surely win a victory in the death-defying struggle against the US imperialists," a Foreign Ministry spokesman said, echoing the message that was delivered during the military parade in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017.
In a demonstration of its military prowess, North Korea has threatened to sink the US aircraft carrier as two Japanese Navy ships joined a US strike group for exercises in the Philippine Sea. WittyFeed had earlier reported about the exchange of threat warning between the two nuclear-armed countries, with North Korea declaring, "We will go to war if they choose."
Given these developments both domestically and internationally, are there possibilities of nuclear war in the near future? While all this seems to be political rhetoric or rather a display of military aggressiveness on Trump's side, and the future of a full-scale war cannot be ruled out. But the question that still needs an answer is "Who will lead the war?" and "What will be the nature of war?"