[PANDA BEAR] – The Death of Leadership on the Path to World War III

In this dangerous era, the Panda Bear is here to record one of the darkest pages in mankind’s history. Make no mistake, dear readers: the unfolding conflict in North Korea could very well mean the end of us all. When President Kennedy defused the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, he was rightly credited for saving the world from a new devastating World War. It seems that such leadership is long gone today.

There were hopes for the contrary, however, with a Peace Summit being called this morning by the UN Secretary General, Felix Johnston-Brunn. In that summit, world powers decided on de-escalation of the conflict and denuclearization – or so we thought. For as soon as the talking shop decided to suspend its meeting, world leaders went right back to waging war on each other, with both China and the US escalating the conflict in North Korea by sending in both their air force and ground troops, with massive military and civilian losses (not to mention general devastation) as a result. The US then proceeded to blame their military intervention as an order of rogue officials installed by President Trump, who had himself signed the order of invasion right upon his deposition by his Cabinet this morning, and maliciously passed on the order to his military leaders in the region. As soon as the American cabinet was able to regain control of its army, it subsequently decided to start withdrawing its troops, thus (temporarily) avoiding immediate nuclear armageddon. But with many of its retreating troops still stuck in North Korean territory, this may turn into a military and strategic disaster for the United States.

However, not being content with this extremely close call, China further raised the ire of the international community by invading Vietnam and delivering a formal declaration of war to the American Embassy in Beijing. Perhaps motivated by all other world leaders’ opportunistic seizure of territory, Australia and the Philippines have apparently decided to cut out a piece of the world map and take it for themselves, as they are now blockading Indonesia.

In the experienced eye of this Panda Bear reporter, it is only a matter of time before world powers directly face off against each other – and then, there will be no telling who will emerge victorious, and how. Clearly, any nations really wishing to go down this path of self-interested theft of territory and wealth must ask themselves what spoils will remain for them to take if this mounting conflict really does devolve into total, global-scale nuclear war.