Hawaii is typically regarded as a place of escape for those seeking a break from reality in this usually peaceful and serene environment. That’s all changed now, at least for one of the state’s eight islands, that has come under attack. Not a single military member is safe right now as they are the target, many of whom have already become victims. It seems as if a systemic weakening of the island’s key protection is underway, perhaps for a reason.
Residents and even tourists of the island state have had a less than peaceful existence in the picturesque place, starting when the islands of Hawaii went on lockdown after North Korea fired a devastating ballistic missile. Now, military personnel specifically are on high alert after a specific threat has presented itself overnight under terrifying circumstances.
Service members stationed on the near Waikiki on the island of Oahu are being urged to stay away from the city.
“On Thursday, a 25-year-old service member was stabbed in the early morning hours, after parting ways with a friend, and in October two service members were stabbed — with one of them dying from his wounds,” the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported, according to Americas Freedom Fighters.
“Between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m., it’s a dangerous time to be walking alone in Waikiki,” Jessica Lani Rich, president and CEO of the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii, told the newspaper. “We need to make Waikiki safe at all hours.”
According to Fox News:
The latest assault coincides with a dramatic increase in Waikiki’s overall crime, the newspaper reported, noting that last week local leaders — including law enforcement, military leaders and judiciary personnel – met to discuss ways to improve public safety.
“We’ll look for the low-hanging fruit – things that we can implement immediately,” Mufi Hannemann, president of the Honolulu Lodging and Tourism Association, told the paper.
In addition, the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board has weighed banning military officers from patronizing parts of Waikiki.
“An Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board issued a warning about Waikiki in December and will discuss Waikiki crime during its next meeting in a few weeks.”
According to a military advisory, 1,000 arrests in Waikiki over 180 days involved violent crimes, drugs, and alcohol, the Star-Advertiser reported.
This came after North Korea’s latest provocation of war that could be their last after “two missiles flew directly over Japanese territory, terrifying citizens and sparking a round of worldwide condemnations and sanctions,” according to Express. The Japanese government issued an urgent warning that the final blow could be coming within the “next few days.” Hawaii had been under direct threat and they aren’t taking any chances after seeing the Jong-un is not willing to stop until President Donald Trump personally makes him, which looks like will be sooner, rather than later.
The launch occurred just hours after Hawaii had resumed Cold War-era nuclear siren tests after getting word of a pending threat from North Korea.
Fox News reports:
North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile in the middle of the night local time Wednesday, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News.
South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, which first reported the launch, said the missile “flew eastward from the vicinity of Pyongyang” toward the Sea of Japan, according to South Korean military officials. The missile launch happened around 3 a.m. in North Korea. South Korea’s military has reportedly staged a “precision strike” missile exercise in response.
Japan’s Prime Minister’s Office for disaster and crisis management information tweeted shortly after the report: “North Korea launched a missile that has the possibility of arriving in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of our country,” according to a translation.
There have been signs indicating Kim Jong Un’s regime was planning a missile launch in recent days. Japan’s Kyodo News reported Monday the Japanese government detected radio signals pointing to a possible missile test in the near future.
It can be difficult to tell when the diplomatic options have been exhausted because your enemy might be sneaky, or duplicitous in some way, and it’s the responsibility of a country has to try and determine fact from fiction. That’s not the case with North Korea who has been clear about their intentions by coming right out in the open and announcing their plans for a fight.
h/t: [Americas Freedom Fighters]