Anniversary of a new Armageddon

By John Mecklin, January 11, 2019

It’s a new year, and a new situation on the Korea Peninsula. Now, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has just finished a visit in China with that country’s leaders, apparently in anticipation of a second “summit” with the United States’ Donald Trump. The North and South Koreans continue to negotiate toward better relations. And neither Trump nor Kim has issued a nuclear threat—veiled or otherwise—for months and months.

But a year ago, following a new year’s speech in which Kim said “a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office,” Trump tweeted a chilling reply: “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

And a year ago on Sunday, Hawaii endured 38 surreal minutes during which its citizens thought—because of an errant alert sent to cell phones throughout the islands—that it was under nuclear missile attack. After months of threats and insults between mentally deranged US dotard Trump and Little Rocket Man Kim, the possibility of nuclear conflict seemed real, indeed.

In efforts to memorialize the missile scare and emphasize the continuing danger of nuclear war, the Hawaii musician Makana performed benefit concerts recently in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. During his tour, he visited a recently once top-secret nuclear bomb shelter deep underground in Moscow. There he recorded the haunting song “Mourning Armageddon.”

MOURNING ARMAGEDDON – Makana from Makana on Vimeo.

Makana’s tour was organized by Bruce Allyn and Cynthia Lazaroff, who founded NuclearWakeUpCall.Earth in the wake of the false Hawaii alert. Lazaroff’s account of the terror of January 13, 2018, “Dawn of a New Armageddon,” is well worth re-reading, as the leaders of the United States and North Korea decide the course of nuclear affairs in Northeast Asia.


Publication Name: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
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