As we all know, unfortunately, peace can't last forever -- it's just a fact of human existence. So, my poll today: Where will the next major war be, and who will be involved?
There are plenty of trouble spots around, and as we all know from history, little actions can have big consequences. To my mind, there are a few probable places:
The Middle-East: Everyone's perennial favourite, the Syria-Iran-Israel-Palestine-Egypt-Lebanon cluster**** has been tense with the Syrian Civil War, not to other provocations on all sides, like the Egyptian coup d'etat, Israeli illegal settlements, Palestinian rockets, Iranian nuclear capabilities, etc.
South-Central Asia: Bill Clinton once said that the scariest thing he ever found out during his time in office was exactly how close India and Pakistan are to thermonuclear war. Throw in some drones, a large terrorist network, and nearby unstable Afghanistan, and this one could be a winner.
North-Central Africa: With NATO's toppling of Libya, and France's recent invasions of Mali and the Central African Republic in a single year, combined with appalling socio-economic conditions and plenty of Christian and Islamic terrorist militias, this region could become a battleground sucking in nearby Somalia to boot.
Korean Peninsula: The Korean War ain't over in the eyes of the North, no matter what geopolitics says. With one of the world's largest build-ups of artillery only 30 km from Seoul, North and South Korea are as tense as ever. With US military drawdowns worldwide, let's hope the North doesn't decide now's the time to strike.
South China Sea: An absolutely ascendant China may wish to finally get rid of the thorn in its side that is Taiwan -- the only thing standing in its way is the US 7th Fleet. Let's hope it stays there, or we could have another Chinese civil war on our hands.
Latin America: With the cartels running rampant and the Mexican government fluctuating in capabilities, causing more foreign and local deaths only miles from the American border, this hotspot could erupt if the right (wrong?) foreigners are caught up in it.
Or, from out of the blue, Spain could invade Gibraltar, causing Britain to declare war on Madrid and seize it, starting the third installment of the British Empire -- Portugal, look out, you're next!
What do you guys think? How will it start, who will be involved, and how will it end?