Originally posted by andy06shake
If there is a Third World War 10-1 its the USA that starts it in some fasion or another. Current climate in the middle east is a perfect instigator
for such an event. Lets just hope cooler heads prevail in the end.
The stars should be our goal not the occupation of Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan!
edit on 18-10-2012 by andy06shake because: (no reason
It's easy to point to the current US/Iran tension and say "This will lead to World War III", but there are plenty of other, more likely candidates.
India / China is one that a lot of people overlook, but 50 years ago this month, China attacked India over a border dispute. 50 years later, the
border still isn't settled, and both nations have nuclear weapons and delivery systems.
Israel / Pick one is another good candidate. We can argue all day about Israel's right to exist, but the fact that they have nuclear weapons pretty
well settles that question...I wonder what the Hebrew script for "Ultima Ratio Regum" is? Israel isn't going to go away, and Israel's neighbors
just can't seem to stop belaboring a lost cause. Sooner or later (hopefully *much* later), somebody is going to push things one step too far.
India / Pakistan - Another unsettled area with a long history of bad manners all around, combined with nuclear weapons. Not a great mixture.
North Korea / Anybody within reach - Desperate regimes do desperate things. How desperate is North Korea? Who knows?
Iran / *insert laundry list* - At various times, they've exchanged threats and / or hostilities with Iraq, Israel, the US, Saudi Arabia, and The
Generic West. Hopefully, it's just rhetoric, but who knows?
China / Taiwan - Something is going to have to give here sooner or later, and when it does, more than likely, Taiwan's allies are going to get
dragged into the mess.
I could go on...regional conflicts are a dime a dozen (sorry to say), and most of them have some ties to major powers, which opens the possibility of
unexpected escalation...we've never seen that happen before, have we? *cough* Franz Ferdinand *cough*. It's true that America could easily wind up
involved in several of these, but very few of them would be started by America.