All throughout history, the world has encountered numerous leaders who tried to take on the world or part of it. In most cases, other countries underestimated their maniacal resolve to their own nation’s detriment.

Some dictators were stupidly narcissistic like President Trump; some were brutal and evil, while others were intelligent, cunning, and purposeful. Their common trait was lacking conscience. Trump views escalating war with North Korea as a game with fireworks at the end.

In Trump’s case, it is like pushing a stick into a hornets nest and then standing around to see what happens. “The mother of all bombs” is his stick. A Japanese admiral characterized the U.S. just before the bombing of Pearl Harbor as, "awaking a sleeping giant." Prodding a leader like Kim Jong-un in North Korea is similar.

Unfortunately, Seoul, Korea is only about 25 miles from the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where 11 million people live. The surrounding area boasts a combined population of around 50 million people.

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While Trump is poking the stick, 50 million South Koreans and 30,000 American troops could be the unfortunate victims. Meanwhile, Trump will sit calmly eating chocolate cake at Mar-a-Lago resort while smiling at his greatness.

Steve Wikert

Cedar Falls, Iowa

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