posted on Nov, 23 2011 @ 05:51 PM
I don't think we are close to WW3 yet, but pressure is building. I've recommended this book before in other threads, but if you want a shock you
should read Barbara Tuchman's The Proud Tower. It is a portrayal of the decade or so which preceded WW1.
The parallels with our own time are chilling.
In my opinion, all the wars which have occurred since WW1 up to and including the Vietnam War are "aftershocks" of WW1. WW1 was a big earthquake. We
are still living on that political fault line and the pressure is starting to build again.
The two big tektonic plates are East and West with Russia and the US being the most important sections of those plates at this time. Fortunately,
despite provocative actions by the leadership of the US, tension between these two major powers doesn't show serious levels of increase, in my
opinion, largely due to Russian sangfroid coupled with patience and hard nosed practical maturity.
The US leadership is, in my opinion, afflicted with delusions of grandeur and given to all sorts of "frat house pranks" as substitutes for a foreign
policy designed to produce long term stability in the world.
Maybe the current uproar from the public in the US will have an effect which will rein in this kind of adventurism.
If it does not then we will find ourselves waiting for the moment when people on the other side of the fault line are finally out of patience.