posted on Jul, 16 2006 @ 05:24 PM
I quite agree with the first poster and a couple of others that the world is not yet embroiled in a world war, not by any definition. The Cold War was
not a world war, but a clash of ideologies glued together by paranoia, and only once did it ever bring us to the point of what would have been short,
all-out nuclear attacks between East and West.
The date was 1962 in the month of October. The event was the Cuban missile crisis, which grew out of the failed CIA-backed invasion of the 'Bay of
Pigs' to oust Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader. The Soviet Premier then was Khrushchev, worried that America had nuclear weapons based
in Turkey and within 150 miles of the Soviet border, extended a friendly helping hand to Castro, and offered to place equipment and nuclear missiles
on Cuban soil. The Americans, through satellite images saw this, prompting Kennedy to order a naval blockade of Cuba.
Khrushchev was angered by this, and thinking Kennedy was a weak President (based upon meeting each other in Vienna) , he authorized his commanders to
launch their nuclear weapons if Cuba was invaded by American forces. Meanwhile, Soviet ships were steaming towards Cuba and the blockade of American
ships, but upon nearing Cuba the Soviets stopped short of the blockade, and for the next seven days the world held its collective breath while the
Soviet Union and America stared each other down.
On this occasion it was Khrushchev whom blinked! He ordered the ships to remove themselves from the area, and the world uttered a collective sigh.
This is the closest the world has ever come to a premeditated and nuclear world war 3.
There are umpteen conflicts going on around the world, but only out of a few could WW3 arise, and these are in the Middle-East. The Israeli/Lebanon
crisis has the potential to spark it, but I think it highly unlikely. During the last two world wars, the American mainland was not attacked or
invaded, but in WW3 you are guaranteed mainland decimation and destruction on a scale Americans have never witnessed for themselves in their own
backyard. WW3 will grow out of a conventional conflict, and turn nuclear quite quickly. Then, and only then, will you know that WW3 is upon you. Only
then, when you are walking amongst the ruins of your city, helplessly watching the bodies of your family burn, will you be justified in calling it