Hello, and welcome back to this edition of ‘What’s the Haps.’ I’m Caroline Bowers, reporting live from Asheville, North Carolina with breaking news.
Okay, back to business.
As most of you probably know, U.S. relations with both Syria and North Korea are becoming more and more uneasy. Just to give a brief update on the events that have transpired, here’s a link to several articles that should give you all the info you need.
In short, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad waged horrifying chemical warfare against his own people, killing dozens of citizens. In response, Trump sent 59 Tomahawk missiles to an airfield in western Syria where these chemical weapons originated. Both Russia and Iran then condemned these U.S. missile strikes.
North Korea continues to build up their nuclear program, showing off new technology during a recent military parade, and the U.S. is left restlessly waiting for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s next move. However, this facade of North Korea’s military strength is now undermined as a missile launch that took place the day after the parade failed.
I know this is a pretty heavy topic, but it’s a topic that’s important enough for us to be aware of. We can’t ignore or avoid the heavy topics just because they’re scary.
Trust me, I too want to turn my head away and be oblivious of the threats we face. But we have to be courageous and know that our awareness serves a greater purpose. For example, how can we form opinions without being aware?
Because we as a country face the possibility of heading to war, we have to be prepared of the consequences and threats we may encounter. Even if I may not completely agree with Trump and all of his policies, I have to trust that he will attempt to handle the situation in the best interests of the United States.
Speaking of Trump and his policies, I’ll leave you with a short little story from my recent spring break trip to D.C.
If you know me well, you know I love D.C. To me, it’s all I could ever dream of: an international center that revolves around the political scene I hope to enter into one day. (I also just generally love the city life overall.)
Anyway, while there, my mom and I kinda happened upon this protest called the Tax March which entailed thousands of people marching from Capitol Hill all the way down to the Lincoln Memorial. The protest called for Trump to release his tax returns and be more accountable and transparent to the American public, which is a platform that I definitely agree with.
We were on Pennsylvania Ave. at the time and saw the group approaching down the street. I was immediately mesmerized by the group’s size and passion for what they stood for. My mom and I picked up a sign, took a picture with the ‘Trump chicken,’ and marched down the street alongside the other participants.
It was such a powerful experience and only strengthened my passion for politics and fighting for my own morals by marching alongside others who share my own beliefs. Who knows, maybe one day I can make reforms to help all of these people I marched beside.
Bye for now, and see ya next time on ‘What’s the Haps.’