with that in mind, how do you envision the middle east AFTER the war on terror? 5 years from now? 20 years from now?
5 years from now:
: Much like Afghanistan is now. Still will have it’s flare-ups, but for the most part, the insurgency will be suppressed.
: Much quieter, and moving on.
: Rebuilding nuclear facilities after an Israeli bombing run (silently sanctioned by the US), and increasing it’s sponsorship of
: Strangely playing ball as Iran puts it’s head in the noose, Syria will try and keep it’s nose fairly clean at this time.
: Gets a UN slap on the wrist for the Iranian bombing, and has about a month or so of retaliatory suicide bombers, after the incident.
Jeb or Hillary in the White House (either is equally scary). Neither will have the option of pulling out of the Mideast. Hybrid cars become more and
more popular as OPEC continues raising prices, to maintain their profits with less barrels being sold. Newer tech is slowly tested that is even more
efficient than the hybrids.
10 years from now:
: Now used as a US staging ground, as by now, OPEC nations are feeling the bite of alternative fuels, etc. and are turning on their
neighbors to increase their holdings.
Most nations will likely be embroiled in the conflict, with nations like Jordan, Syria, Egypt, etc. possibly taking advantage of the brouhaha to
attack Israeli territory. At first, they’ll hold some, as in previous such attacks, but then get kicked back out again. Iran will likely be the
first to use chemical or nuclear weapons on US targets in Iraq, resulting in more widespread uses of such weapons in other conflicts. The
India/Pakistan problem will likely also surface with India allied with the US, and the US turning on Pakistan when it’s continued sponsorship of
terrorism is fully brought to light.
China will likely take care of it’s little red-headed stepchild, North Korea at this point, and simply annex it. The US will be too busy to really
care or interfere and is sick of Kim anyhow. Russia will continue to have it’s own terrorist problems, not bothering to take action outside it’s
Pretty much this all combined would likely be regarded as WWIII….with so many involved. Any nuke actions would likely be isolated and rare, with
sheer limited numbers keeping the problem from being an Armageddon of sorts.
Let's just hope we make it...hmm..???
All just opinion of course, but I’d wager we’re going to see a LOT more warfare and on more fronts, within the next decade in that region…. I
know you asked for a POST WOT idea, but to be honest, I don't think that's very soon in our future....