Tuesday, August 08, 2017

On the Beach



BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Trump threatened on Tuesday to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea if it endangers the United States as tensions with the isolated nuclear-armed state grow into perhaps the most serious foreign policy challenge yet in his young administration.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Mr. Trump told reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal state and as I said they will be met with fire and fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

Reading this reminds yours truly of On the Beach, Nevil Shute's elegiac novella describing the end of the world, a work that gives one pause on how seemingly minor miscalculations among nuclear armed nations can have catastrophic consequences of truly horrific proportions.


In this last of meeting places
We grope together
And avoid speech
Gathered on this beach of the tumid river . . .
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
T. S. Eliot

Read the novel, it will stay with you forever.

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