What is history's best example of 'that escalated quickly'?

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There's so many examples. Some crazy stuff has happened. Which is the best?
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Operation Paul Bunyan

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The ax murder incident (Korean: 판문점 도끼살인사건; Hanja: 板門店도끼殺人事件,도 ¼è »è¡Œäº‹ä»¶; literally, Panmunjom axe murder incident) was the killing of two United States Army officers, Arthur Bonifas and Mark Barrett, by North Korean soldiers on August 18, 1976, in the Joint Security Area (JSA) located in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The U.S. Army officers had been part of a work party cutting down a poplar tree in the JSA that partially blocked the view of United Nations (U.N.) observers, when they were assaulted by the North Koreans and killed.

Three days later, American and South Korean forces launched Operation Paul Bunyan, an operation that cut down the tree with a show of force to intimidate North Korea into backing down, which it did. North Korea then accepted responsibility for the earlier killings.

"Around 10:45 a.m. today, the American imperialist aggressors sent in 14 hoodlums with axes into the Joint Security Area to cut the trees on their own accord, although such a work should be mutually consented beforehand. Four persons from our side went to the spot to warn them not to continue the work without our consent. Against our persuasion, they attacked our guards en masse and committed a serious provocative act of beating our men, wielding murderous weapons and depending on the fact that they outnumbered us. Our guards could not but resort to self-defense measures under the circumstances of this reckless provocation.[7]"


Operation Paul Bunyan was carried out on August 21 at 07:00, three days after the killings. A convoy of 23 American and South Korean vehicles ("Task Force Vierra", named after Lieutenant Colonel Victor S. Vierra, commander of the United States Army Support Group) drove into the JSA without warning to the North Koreans, who had one observation post manned at that hour. In the vehicles were two eight-man teams of military engineers (from the 2nd Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division) equipped with chain-saws to cut down the tree.

These teams were accompanied by two 30-man security platoons from the Joint Security Force, who were armed with pistols and axe handles. The 2nd Platoon secured the northern entrance to the JSA via the Bridge of No Return, while the 3rd Platoon secured the southern edge of the area.

Concurrently, a team from B Company, commanded by Captain Walter Seifried, had activated the detonation systems for the charges on Freedom Bridge and had the 165mm main gun of the M728 combat engineer vehicle aimed mid-span to ensure that the bridge would fall should the order be given for its destruction. Also B Company, supporting E Company (bridge), were building M4T6 rafts on the Imjin River should the situation require emergency evacuation by that route.

In addition, a 64-man South Korean Special Forces company accompanied them, armed with clubs and trained in Tae Kwon Do, supposedly without firearms. However, once they parked their trucks near the Bridge of No Return, they started throwing out the sandbags that lined the truck bottoms, and handing out M16 rifles and M79 grenade launchers that had been concealed below.[2] Several of the special forces men also had claymore mines strapped to their chests with the firing mechanism in their hands, and were shouting at the North Koreans to cross the bridge.[14][15]

A U.S. Infantry company in 20 utility helicopters and seven Cobra attack helicopters circled behind them. Behind these helicopters, B-52 Stratofortresses from Guam escorted by U.S. F-4 Phantom IIs from Kunsan Air Base and South Korean F-5 and F-86 fighters were visible flying across the sky at high altitude. At Taegu Air Base, F-111 bombers of the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing out of Mountain Home Air Force Base, were stationed, and F-4 Phantoms C and D from the 18th TFW Kadena Air Base and Clark Air Base were also deployed. The aircraft carrier USS Midway task force had also been moved to a station just offshore.[6]

Near the edges of the DMZ, many more heavily armed U.S. and South Korean infantry, artillery including the Second Battalion, 71st Air Defense Regiment armed with Improved Hawk missiles, and armor were waiting to back up the special operations team. Bases near the DMZ were prepared for demolition in the case of a military response. The defense condition (DEFCON) was elevated on order of General Stilwell, as recounted in Colonel De LaTeur's research paper later. In addition, 12,000 additional troops were ordered to Korea, including 1,800 Marines from Okinawa.[6] During the operation, nuclear-capable strategic bombers circled over the JSA.[16] According to an intelligence analyst monitoring the North Korea tactical radio net, the accumulation of force "blew their... minds".[17]

Altogether, Task Force Vierra consisted of 813 men: almost all of the men of the United States Army Support Group, of which the Joint Security Force was a part; a South Korean reconnaissance company; a South Korean Special Forces company which had infiltrated the river area by the bridge the night before; and members of a reinforced composite rifle company from the 9th Infantry Regiment. In addition to this force, every UNC force in the rest of South Korea was on battle alert.
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Donald trump...
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The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. One guy is murdered, then all of the most powerful empires in Europe move against each other. Around twenty million more people are killed within four years.

I'd say that escalated quickly.
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I've only just come across this thread, but it's an amazing idea :lol:

There's the Great Fire of London that all started from a small bakery fire, and ended up gutting the city, which is a pretty good example
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Maybe the Arab Spring from recent history? One fruit seller who is denied the right to work kills himself in protest, sparking civil wars, international involvement, revolutions and changes in power across multiple countries in the region.

Many examples though are like the spark that lights the fire. The wood has been stacked and dried out through years of oppression, corruption and so on.
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Charles I tries to arrest five members of the House of Commons and causes a civil war.
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(Original post by chazwomaq)
Maybe the Arab Spring from recent history? One fruit seller who is denied the right to work kills himself in protest, sparking civil wars, international involvement, revolutions and changes in power across multiple countries in the region.

Many examples though are like the spark that lights the fire. The wood has been stacked and dried out through years of oppression, corruption and so on.
Good one. Arab Spring led directly on to Syrian Civil War.

Remarkable looking back on how many people thought the Arab Spring was going to be a wholesale force for good and spread democratic values across the Middle East ; and the results have been pretty disastrous
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Trump's presidency is the one that immediately comes to mind
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I'd say Martin Luther does the equivalent of sending an open letter with some gripes about the Vatican, by nailing his demands to a church door - and next thing you know, Christendom starts to split in two
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Trump's presidency is the one that immediately comes to mind
I doubt that very much.
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A shower turns into mass genocide
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I'd say Martin Luther does the equivalent of sending an open letter with some gripes about the Vatican, by nailing his demands to a church door - and next thing you know, Christendom starts to split in two
My Great Man Theory of history vindicated.
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I doubt that very much.
That's great, buddy.
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Unmarried Jewish girl gets pregnant, insists she's a virgin, starts major world religion that dominates the planet for nearly 2000 years
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June 24th onwards? We voted to leave the EU, David Cameron resigned, Scotland announced there might be a second referendum, protests happened in the streets, we got a new prime minister, a vote of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn, Farage resigned, all in the space of about 2-3 weeks...
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Hitler invades Poland, France and Britain declare war....well that escalated quickly
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Before the first shot of the civil war had been fired, Oliver Cromwell and a band of troops raised from East Anglia stopped a shipment of plate reaching the King's forces from Cambridge. Within a few months Cromwell was fighting battles in the bloodiest conflict on English soil.
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The fall of Margaret Thatcher.

Although she was unpopular in the polls during 1990, she'd been in that position twice before and recovered to win elections with huge majorities and she still was an iconic figure with seemingly complete control of her party and government.

Then her deputy, Geoffrey Howe, resigned from Cabinet and delivered a cutting speech ****ging her off. Michael Hestletine challenged her for the leadership and the game was on. I seem to remember at this time, House of Cards (the British version) was on TV in its first series and it was a cult show, so everybody was suddenly in to politics and political intrigue and now we had it in real life too.

The result of the ballot came - and Thatcher won quite convincingly, but the Tory party rules at the time said the winner needed 15 per cent more than the runner up else it would have to go to a second round (fought on a straight majority). Thatcher was 13.9 per cent ahead so just missed out. Nevertheless she said lets fight on and win it in the second round.

Two days later she was gone.

She'd spoken to all her Cabinet colleagues one by one and they basically said she was finished, and others were lining up to put in their own challenge and canvassing support. Thatcher called it "treachery with a smile on its face" and she never seemed to stop being bitter at the betrayal. She had made enemies and rubbed people up the wrong way, but when her power seemed absolute, everyone would smile and stay loyal. The moment her authority showed a chink of being weakened, they all melted away.

I was a kid at the time but remember it really well. The whole country was engrossed by the events, whether you were in to politics or not, the drama of an internal Conservative party coup to remove the most famous PM of the 20th century was incredible.
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Unmarried Jewish girl gets pregnant, insists she's a virgin, starts major world religion that dominates the planet for nearly 2000 years
Love this :lol::lol::lol:
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