The article below mentions that World War 3 is now coming off the lips of some world leaders. Not too long ago the mere mention of World War 3 meant that something was wrong with you. Of course, it is always dismissed but note the change. Now one is not insane for merely mentioning the possibility of World War 3.
World War 3 is on the lips of many, even a White House aide to President Barack Obama, because of the threat Russia poses to Ukraine. But, as one Kremlin-backed journalist recently said, should we be worried about Russia’s nuclear weapons reducing the “United States into radioactive ash”?
In a related report by The Inquisitr, Vladimir Putin had a nuclear ICBM test-fired just as he confronted President Obama publicly via the media. After a Russian Black Sea fleet commander issued an ultimatum for war, the Ukrainian military base in the Crimea was surrounded, and the Russians even sunk a ship in order to block the Ukrainian navy from escaping. The Crimiean crisis reached a head when this navy base was invaded. Ever since then, the United States has responded by putting economic pressure on Russia, but others are worried events may escalate out of control.
The first major political figure to mention World War 3 was former Ukrainian president Leonid Kravchuk:
World War 3: Russia Could Invade Ukraine, Says Obama Aide, But Are Nuclear Weapons A Threat?
The decline of the US was suggested by 9/11. It was clearly marked by the financial crisis of 2008. At that point we entered the age of upheaval:
“Economic volatility, plus ethnic disintegration, plus an empire in decline: That combination is about the most lethal in geopolitics. We now have all three. The age of upheaval starts now.”
The above quote comes from the current edition (March/April 2009) of Foreign Policy magazine on page 58. The author had earlier explained how the three E’s described the reason for conflict in the 20th century. The three E’s being: economic volatility, ethnic conflict or disintegration, and empires in decline.
Geopolitics: The Three E’s of War | 1913 Intel
Upheaval means the international order that you have known will no longer exist. Additionally, it suggests a great-power war. So the sign started flashing yellow at the end of 2008: Warning, big problems are coming. Now big problems are near with both Russia and China. If you pay attention then you will note talk of a great-power war with both Russia and China separately. Experts are discussing the possibility of a US war with Russia and with China. They think the probability an actual war occurs is quite low, but nevertheless it is not zero.
Maybe it would be a good idea to be prepared for a great-power war. What if the experts are wrong? It’s not like they have never been wrong before. Please note that in general experts have a terrible track record in the prediction of tail events – low frequency, high impact events. Most were pretty shocked at Russia’s actions concerning the Crimea.
I like to think of the current situation in the following manner:
Let’s say you live deep in the middle of a forest. And this forest has not had a big fire in 100 years. You feel pretty safe, right? Then one day someone comes along and points out all the problems in the forest and the possibility of a massive fire. You can see that they are right. You can see the problems too. But there has never been a big forest fire. Should you wait to move until after a big fire has started? Or should you get out before an actual fire starts?
If you are concerned about the present situation with Russia and China, then just maybe having a plan B would be a good idea. Either start preparing for a great-power war, or get out of the US. If you wish to do nothing, then you just might have to pay a heavy price.