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Are We Currently In World War III?  
User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13555 posts, RR: 62
Posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1824 times:
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For decades, it was assumed that "World War III" would involve a massive thermonuclear exchange between the U.S. and thr U.S.S.R. along with an air and ground offensive in Europe between NATO and Warsaw Pact countries.

Since the fall of communism in Europe and the demise of the Soviet Union, that whole assumption has been effectively put to the wayside.

However, we are now deeply involved in a worldwide "war" against terrorism, which involves dozens of countries working closely as Allies, seeking out terrorist organizations that are (in some cases) backed by "rogue" governments.

Could this satisfy the definition of a "World War," however? Years from now, will this time be noted as "World War III" or simply a prolonged military action?

"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem - government IS the problem." - Ronald Reagan
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User currently offlineGalaxy5 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2034 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1800 times:

um a simple no will suffice

"damn, I didnt know prince could Ball like that" - Charlie Murphy
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1795 times:

I'm pretty sure that World War III will be a nuclear holocaust of some sort, so the present military operations, while swift and deadly, are probably not World War III. Who knows though, if in the future, these operations will be seen as the beginning of World War III hostilities.

All I know is that I don't plan to be around when World War III comes.


Up, up and away!
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1772 times:

No, this is life .

User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1764 times:

Ultimately it's a matter of pedantry about what you mean by "world war".

Obviously, the current "war on terrorism" (tm) has a more global reach than the first world war.

However, it is nowhere near as intense, and we certainly aren't seeing many countries completely mobilised & militarised, or swept by blitzkrieg / trench warfare / carpet-bombing.

Cunning linguist
User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16861 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1735 times:

Former CIA director Woolsey (?) believes this is WWIII, he's already talking about WWIV in his next book.

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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3364 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1706 times:

In that case this would be world was IV or V already. The "war on drugs" could count as WW-III. And there are some more "war on..." campaigns. It seems to sell well.

User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1691 times:

See my new book "Aircraft, Ships and Political Fanatics of World War 47"

User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3389 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1638 times:

"Its a cruel cruel world"


What could possibly go wrong?
User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1630 times:

Scotty, shouldn't you re-title your book "Aircraft, Ships and Political Figures of WW XLVII" ? ...jack

all best; jack
User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8234 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1609 times:

This isn't WW3, but it IS the new reality. Live with it, I guess.

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User currently offlineOO-AOG From Switzerland, joined Dec 2000, 1426 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1600 times:

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones


So I hope this is not the beginning of WW3...

Falcon....like a limo but with wings
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