Wednesday 14 April 2021
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‘War starts when diplomacy fails’

President Hage Geingob always emphasises that war starts when diplomacy fail.
I could not help but think of this phrase when US President Donald Trump last week threatened to totally destroy North Korea.
It is a fact that all diplomatic avenues to find common grounds between the two nuclear-holdings states has not been fully exhausted.
In his first major address to the United Nations General Assembly, American President Donald Trump delivered his harshest warning yet to the North Korean regime, saying it risked “total destruction” if it continues its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Trump also said of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime (a nickname that he is using on social media). Trump said the regime’s “reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles” threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life. Describing the North as a “depraved regime,” Trump blamed it for the starvation deaths of millions, and for imprisonment torture and oppression of countless more and he cited the case of American student Otto Warmbier, who died after being held in North Korean captivity.
As anticipated, Trump also spoke in harsh terms about Iran and the nuclear deal signed by his predecessor.
He called it “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the U.S. has ever entered.
The North Korean saga on nuclear weapons has raised eyebrows as it serves to be a big threat world-wide. Countries are living in fear globally because of the wide impacts a nuclear war between the US and North Korea could have.
American President Donald Trump on that note is challenging North Korea along with Iran and is vying for war. In actual fact, Trump is boasting and threatening that America would destroy North Korea should it continue to pursue nuclear weapons. My problem is- why Trump is waging for war? Maybe he wants to prove his capability and superiority as the leader of the super power. Of course it is true that he has power, no one else would have the guts to challenge North Korea regarding this.
However, what also surprises me is that America as a super power is always on Africa’s case pertaining to issues to do with violence and war within.
In my view, this is the opportune time for the US to show countries that sort out their differences through the gun that diplomacy is a much more effective method to cement peace. I also understand that a number of treaties have been signed up between America and North Korea in the past regarding disabling its nuclear weapons facilities.
This time around North Korea is not showing any sign of mutual understanding as it continues with the programme and I have learned several times that North Korea has already successfully conducted six nuclear weapons test.
From the above angle, it is also clear that North Korea itself is the one pushing for war and I understand that by all means it is aimed at testing Trump’s political mettle. In other words it is a battle of escalating threats between the Trump administration and North Korea, not necessarily the whole world.
So the whole point as I see it is that, North Korea is trying by all means to retain control given that it has been an isolated nation. Furthermore, it is based on security. Despite several attempts by United Nations to warn North Korea by means of harsh sanctions, such actions have failed and that is why Trump is opting for war instead.
The 2015 deal between Iran, the US and other world powers, including China and Russia, was designed to prevent Iran developing a nuclear weapon. Unfortunately, it was proved wrong and that is why Trump went on to say that deal is an embarrassment to the United States.
Trump’s promises of “fire and fury” do not instill confidence. His inflammatory threat is particularly baffling because of the parameters he laid out: The president warned not that North Korea would be punished fiercely for firing a missile at the United States, or for conducting a missile test.
Yet that’s inevitable: Threats are North Korea’s major export product.  Trump, who ridiculed Barack Obama for allowing Syria to cross his “red line” of chemical-weapons use, is establishing a red line that will almost certainly be crossed—perhaps very soon, if Kim is in a sporting mood

Itai Zviyita is a graduate of BA in Media Studies with Zimbabwe Open University.

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