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Are We Currently In World War III?

Thu May 29, 2003 7:29 am

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?
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RE: Are We Currently In World War III?

Thu May 29, 2003 8:04 am

um a simple no will suffice
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RE: Are We Currently In World War III?

Thu May 29, 2003 8:11 am

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.


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RE: Are We Currently In World War III?

Thu May 29, 2003 9:06 am

No, this is life .
 
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RE: Are We Currently In World War III?

Thu May 29, 2003 9:14 am

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.
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RE: Are We Currently In World War III?

Thu May 29, 2003 12:16 pm

Former CIA director Woolsey (?) believes this is WWIII, he's already talking about WWIV in his next book.
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RE: Are We Currently In World War III?

Thu May 29, 2003 7:00 pm

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.
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RE: Are We Currently In World War III?

Thu May 29, 2003 8:13 pm

See my new book "Aircraft, Ships and Political Fanatics of World War 47"
 
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RE: Are We Currently In World War III?

Sat May 31, 2003 2:29 pm

"Its a cruel cruel world"

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RE: Are We Currently In World War III?

Sat May 31, 2003 10:40 pm

Scotty, shouldn't you re-title your book "Aircraft, Ships and Political Figures of WW XLVII" ? ...jack
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RE: Are We Currently In World War III?

Sun Jun 01, 2003 2:28 am

This isn't WW3, but it IS the new reality. Live with it, I guess.
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RE: Are We Currently In World War III?

Sun Jun 01, 2003 6:49 am

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

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