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
Comments made here are my own and are not intended to represent the official position of Alaska Air Group