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    World War Three Possibilities

    I was thinking of possibilities for WWIII today, and the only likely conclusion I could come up with was an escalated struggle for the Korean Peninsula somewhat tying into the Middle East.

    In that case around the Korean Peninsula, both the Koreas would be involved, probably China, Russia, and the U.S./Japan.

    In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the U.S. and Isreal would be likely candidates for operations.

    That list is off the top of my head, and in any case, the U.S. backed side would win. But, that isn't the only place WWIII could take place. Anyone have any ideas on the subject?
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    Re: World War Three Possibilities

    Our global economic partnerships have allowed us to prolong the time in between the next conflict, since no one wants to damage their assets... but I predict that eventually, some kind of deal breaker will arise wherein governments will even put that on the backburner.

    It seems to me that it has always been the European and North American nations vs. the others. If a third war erupts, my prediction is that it will be the same scenario... the Western "bloc" vs. the Middle East and/or East Asian partnerships.

    Right now there is a rise of conservativism in all Western nations, and especially neo-conservativism. This is a key factor that will lead to major aggression on our side. On the other side, the intrusion of Western power into the Middle East will lead to this region wanting to balance that power with nuclear arms. If there is going to be a global nuclear conflict, it will come from this region, and it mostly stems from natural resources like oil.

    Virtually all of the modern wars have been about clashes between political ideology or natural resources, and often the two issues are blurred.

    The first factor that will be involved will be the military-industrial complex, lead by neo-conservatives, which will push for war regardless of the cost. The second factor will be something strategic, like a country expanding its borders and threatening a key resource location. The third factor will be resource shortages. People are playing nicey-nice right now because there are enough "free" areas where collective disputes would end in mutual resource gains, but once those key regions are occupied or used up, conflict will ensue.

    Political ideology will be the facilitator for WWIII, but it won't be the root cause. (i.e. look at how they are treating their people, or our security is at stake, or democracy is being threatened, blah blah)

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    Re: World War Three Possibilities

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    I was thinking of possibilities for WWIII today, and the only likely conclusion I could come up with was an escalated struggle for the Korean Peninsula somewhat tying into the Middle East.

    In that case around the Korean Peninsula, both the Koreas would be involved, probably China, Russia, and the U.S./Japan.

    In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the U.S. and Isreal would be likely candidates for operations.

    That list is off the top of my head, and in any case, the U.S. backed side would win. But, that isn't the only place WWIII could take place. Anyone have any ideas on the subject?
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    Re: World War Three Possibilities

    I think as the older generation of Europe die out and the younger take the place of them. There will be a likelihood of a larger scale war.

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    Re: World War Three Possibilities

    I don't see WWIII happening, due to nukes alone. No major power wants a nuclear war, so I don't see any nuclear power nuking another nuclear power.
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    Re: World War Three Possibilities

    Give us a couple hundred years, until some Ender's Game-style satellites come out that can shoot down any and all nukes, and then we'll have us a conventional war. U.S. and India and Brazil vs. China and Russia, using projections for a couple decades from now, but look ahead any farther and it might as well be East Timor and Madagascar fighting Turkey and Uzbekistan. Anything can happen given enough time.
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    Re: World War Three Possibilities

    World War Three is unlikely.

    Because World War I & II were both flukes.

    World War I was basically a couple of relatively minor conflicts that raged out of control thanks to the entangling system of alliances in Europe and one where new military technology had made the type of war each nation wanted to wage essentially unwinnable.

    World War II was in essence just round two of the first.

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    Re: World War Three Possibilities

    It'd probably start in Germany... somehow.
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    Re: World War Three Possibilities

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    It'd probably start in Germany... somehow.
    Everything leads back there somewhere, doesn it?

    Possibilities IMO:

    - Islamic leader rises and creates a pan-islamic superpower in the ME and joins Pakistan with its nucleur arsenal into its boarder and attacks the west and uses its monopoly on oil to destroy our economies.

    - China joins forces with North Korea to expand communism onto vulnerable surrounding areas like Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia etc. NATO goes in.

    - Russia uses its oil monopoly to rebuild its armed forces and economy and expands its influence into Eastern Europe and becomes another Anti-western force, supplying muslim states with nucleur technology to strengthen anti-western powers.

    - Liechenstien invades Europe (joke).

    - India and China locks heads in a bitter conflict (geographical locations dictates this to be feasible. Two would-be superpowers that are geographically close, with rivalry government systems). US gets involved to back Democratic India.
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    Re: World War Three Possibilities

    Quote Originally Posted by Dayton3 View Post
    World War Three is unlikely.

    Because World War I & II were both flukes.

    World War I was basically a couple of relatively minor conflicts that raged out of control thanks to the entangling system of alliances in Europe and one where new military technology had made the type of war each nation wanted to wage essentially unwinnable.

    World War II was in essence just round two of the first.
    Ahhh,,, I don't think we'll have WWIII either. Chances are, we'll have a Gobal Pandemic first. We'll lose at least a couple billion this time around. And it'll take a decade or two for everyone to get back into finding a reason to kill each other.

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