View Poll Results: Do you think there will ever be another world war?

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  • Yes, within the next 100 years

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  • Maybe, and if it happens it will be within the next 100 years

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  • Maybe, but not in the next 100 years

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  • No, there will never be another world war

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  • The next big war will be an intergalactic one with an alien species/war on another planet

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Thread: 100 years since the start of the first world war

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    100 years since the start of the first world war

    Tomorrow July 28 2014 will be the centenary of the beginning of the first world war.

    Since then we have had 2 world wars with millions of killed soldiers and innocent civilian victims.

    We have seen the rise and the fall of the league of nations.

    We have seen the formulation of Geneva conventions on war crimes.

    The start of the world court to prosecute war criminals around the world.

    The start of the cold war and the Warshaw pact and the fall of the Soviet Union.

    But the question is, do you think there will ever be another world war?
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    Re: 100 years since the start of the first world war

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King View Post
    Tomorrow July 28 2014 will be the centenary of the beginning of the first world war.

    Since then we have had 2 world wars with millions of killed soldiers and innocent civilian victims.

    We have seen the rise and the fall of the league of nations.

    We have seen the formulation of Geneva conventions on war crimes.

    The start of the world court to prosecute war criminals around the world.

    The start of the cold war and the Warshaw pact and the fall of the Soviet Union.

    But the question is, do you think there will ever be another world war?

    I believe we are amidst one today propagated largely by the US. The difference today being we have found that we do not need to always use direct military force but can instead use economic and political means to the same end. Why put solderers on the ground when you can replace them with CIA operatives and manipulate things to a desired outcome instead of directly forcing the outcome by military means.

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    Re: 100 years since the start of the first world war

    No. Einstein knew what he was doing when he proposed atomic weapons.
    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    Reports indicate that everyone knew he was hauling a bunch of guns up there. But, since you brought it up, there's something which should be illegal: guns that breakdown.

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    Re: 100 years since the start of the first world war

    We are watching the start of a world war right now. Too bad people won't realize it until they are dead thanks to Enrico Fermi (Not Einstein who provided no scientific work to the idea).
    Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats. It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office. H.L Mencken

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    Re: 100 years since the start of the first world war

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King View Post
    Tomorrow July 28 2014 will be the centenary of the beginning of the first world war.

    Since then we have had 2 world wars with millions of killed soldiers and innocent civilian victims.

    We have seen the rise and the fall of the league of nations.

    We have seen the formulation of Geneva conventions on war crimes.

    The start of the world court to prosecute war criminals around the world.

    The start of the cold war and the Warshaw pact and the fall of the Soviet Union.

    But the question is, do you think there will ever be another world war?
    Since 1945 the probability of world war has been strongly reduced by the architecture of international power. With one or two poles of power and MAD it is relatively easy to keep a lid on things. As the structure advances to three and more poles and a multiple of more or less armed secondary powers, the situation becomes increasingly less calculable and thus more instable. In a few years the situation will be back to the "normal" structure of international affairs and we will have continuous small wars until one explodes.

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    Re: 100 years since the start of the first world war

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinKohler View Post
    No. Einstein knew what he was doing when he proposed atomic weapons.
    I wish it were so. Sorrily the MAD stability solution does not apply to multi-polar systems.

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    Re: 100 years since the start of the first world war

    Quote Originally Posted by austrianecon View Post
    We are watching the start of a world war right now. Too bad people won't realize it until they are dead thanks to Enrico Fermi (Not Einstein who provided no scientific work to the idea).
    Fermi was okay. His bomb gave us a good life.

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    Re: 100 years since the start of the first world war

    I have absolutely no idea.

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    Re: 100 years since the start of the first world war

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    I believe we are amidst one today propagated largely by the US. The difference today being we have found that we do not need to always use direct military force but can instead use economic and political means to the same end. Why put solderers on the ground when you can replace them with CIA operatives and manipulate things to a desired outcome instead of directly forcing the outcome by military means.


    Is the world in flames with shooting conflicts on 5 out of seven continents the "desired outcome" of this administration?
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    Re: 100 years since the start of the first world war

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King View Post
    Tomorrow July 28 2014 will be the centenary of the beginning of the first world war.

    Since then we have had 2 world wars with millions of killed soldiers and innocent civilian victims.

    We have seen the rise and the fall of the league of nations.

    We have seen the formulation of Geneva conventions on war crimes.

    The start of the world court to prosecute war criminals around the world.

    The start of the cold war and the Warshaw pact and the fall of the Soviet Union.

    But the question is, do you think there will ever be another world war?
    Possibly...but unless there is a catastrophe that significantly weakens worldwide civilization, no. For instance, as long as the internet is functioning in a robust fashion, I think a true world war is unlikely. However, if for some reason the internet is torn down - say, deliberately by a nation's actions, or naturally, by a Carrington event or similar great disaster - then that may significantly increase the likelihood that the current great powers might devolve to the point where a new world war is a real possibility.

    On a related note, even with all the crap going on in the Ukraine and in the Middle East, since the fall of the Soviet Union the world has been - relatively speaking to the size of the world's population - in a Great Peace. For the past quarter century, even with all the little and seemingly big wars that have happened, the world's been relatively more peaceful (meaning, fewer people dying due to war and war-related causes) than in any comparable stretch of time I can think of in the past.

    So relax - the sky is not falling, and things are better than they seem. The glass is indeed more than half full.
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