The idea of a World War III seems like science fiction to the average person, but another war to end all wars may be closer than you think.
Historically speaking, there have been numerous world wars, not just the two titled as such. The Romans swept across and conquered much of the known world. Alexander of Macedonia did the same. The Crusades reconquered Europe from the Moors and then little Germany was a flashpoint that set off global carnage. Not to mention, the U.S. and former Soviet Union teetered on the brink of global annihilation through the Cold War. World wars happens so often, we’re due.
Is North Korea the Spark?
The communist dictator, Kim Jong-Un, appears far more erratic than any other of the figures that sparked multi-country conflicts in the past. The “Crazy fat kid,” as U.S. Sen John McCain so notably called North Korea’s despot, has thumbed his nose at super powers such as the United States and China and calls by the United Nations to curb his nuclear aspirations. Kim has responded by threatening a strike on the American mainland and repeated missile launches.
He may be backing Pres. Donald J. Trump into pre-emptive military action. U.S. military leaders have called for an end to Obama-era “strategic patience” and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham says war may be “inevitable.”
“There is a military option to destroy North Korea’s (missile) program and North Korea itself,” Graham reportedly said. “If there’s going to be a war to stop them, it will be over there. If thousands die, they’re going to die over there, they’re not going to die here and (Pres. Trump) told me that to my face.”
The rogue regime has strategically aligned itself with neighboring Russia, China and U.S. enemies such as Iran. The radical Middle Eastern nation has also pursued nuclear capabilities and openly vows to destroy the U.S. and Israel. Conflict with this unholy alliance would prompt a call for NATO backing, spreading war across multiple continents.
The Russia Problem
American politicians may think they are scoring brownie points with voters by leveling sanctions against Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin and his cronies, but they may be just feeding the dogs of war.
After eight years of friction under Pres. Obama, Putin looked forward to working in areas of mutual national interest with incoming Pres. Trump. Impromptu property seizures by Obama after taking an election hit, Russian collusion witch hunts, strikes against the Russian-backed Syrian Army and the latest round of anti-Kremlin sanctions has worn out the patience of “The Most Powerful Man in the World.”
Putin, a former KGB operative and savvy world leader, understands that nuclear holocaust is off the table. That means Russia can continue its power expansion in the Ukraine and Syria facing only traditional military options from the U.S. should things reach fever pitch.
From Putin’s perspective, a hot war with America in Syria or North Korea might be welcome. The Russians have been looking to even the score since the Cold War and Afghanistan drubbings. Another Vietnam-like loss at Putin’s hands would etch his name into Russian history as one of the north country’s most revered leaders. Of course, such a conflict would re-escalate ISIS’ proliferation, draw in Iran, Turkey, North Korea and others to its side. And, NATO joining American forces against Russia is not a sure bet.
For skeptics who think another global conflict is impossible, World War III may be a foregone conclusion. It’s a gasoline soaked planet. One match and the whole thing could go up in flames.