The Korea-China-Japan thing in a nutshell

Jennifer Williams at Vox has outlined a great, streamlined summary of what’s been happening over the past few days, with the nukes, and the tension. There are pictures!

I know that the domestic issues are horrifying, as we fight this slide into dictatorship. On a personal level, like 10 to 20 million other people, I’m about to lose health insurance for the first time in my life. It’s hard to find extra anxiety to worry about what the Trump regime’s going to do to piss off foreign governments, and what their retaliation is going to look like. (Personally, I’m not afraid that Philadelphia will be nuked. But the trade situation, the fact that all our debt is owned by other countries… I’m afraid at the end, we’re looking at a gray dystopia where only the rich are even alive; nobody else can afford an aspirin or an antibiotic — if, in fact, those continue to work.)

All that cheerfulness aside, thanks to Vox for ‘splaining!

Per Vox: “North Korea’s scary past 24 hours, explained”
“It was a scary Monday on the Korean Peninsula, where the following all happened in less than 24 hours:

“North Korea launched four ballistic missiles toward Japan and boasted they were a dry run for attacking American troops there; the US began the deployment of a controversial anti-ballistic missile system in South Korea despite furious pushback from a very unhappy China; and North Korea temporarily banned all Malaysian citizens from leaving the country in a dramatic escalation of a diplomatic spat with one of its few allies in the world.

“To be clear, we’re still relatively far from the point of actual military conflict breaking out between any of these countries. But the situation is definitely worrisome, and the fact that things have escalated so quickly is a stark reminder that it’s North Korea, and not Russia or ISIS, that might actually pose the gravest and most immediate threat to American national security.

“Here’s a quick guide to what happened, what’s likely to happen next, and what it all means. ….”

And I highly recommend reading the rest of the article.