There are a lot of short fuses out there
Axing in Korea
The US Army/North Korea Axe Murder incident.
It started with a simple task by two US Army officers within the DMZ: cutting down a poplar tree blocking view between UN Command and an observation post. The officers were slain by the North during their work by the axes they held.
It ended up with a show of force of the South Korean and American militaries – over 800 men on the scene, countless attack helicopters, bombers, fighter jets, and a couple aircraft carriers (plus thousands of troops and other equipment on standby) to, as the UNC states, “peacefully finish the work left unfinished” and cut down that tree. (hackerkitty)
I really like the FLQ Crisis in Canada as an example of something escalating quickly.
A British diplomat was kidnapped by a small militant group which wanted Québec to separate from Canada. As well, a cabinet minister (Similar to a Congressman) was kidnapped and later killed. In response, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (Father of our Current Prime Minister) evoked the War Measures Act. The War Measures Act basically put ALL of Canada into a police state, where people could be arrested and detained with no evidence. As well, armed military personnel were deployed in parts of Canada.
The reason I think it’s crazy is because a small group basically put all of Canada on lockdown for 3 months.
Also, at the time, a journalist asked the Prime Minister “How far are you willing to go to put an end to this group?” (Not word for word) The Prime Minister says: “Just watch me” (MarkHughesy)
Tai Ping Rebellion
Some dude fails several times the examinations to get a job as a civil servant in 1837 , feels sick for a few days, then says he’s had a vision and he’s Jesus’ brother, with a duty to overthrow the Qing dynasty. In 1843, he founds his sect. In 1851, 10,000 of his followers defeat the government soldiers.
This eventually leads to a 14-year-long war, and 20-30 million casualties. (obviousthrow3)