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Could the war on terror ever be called World War III?


The Wikipedia definition of World War is "a war involving many or most of the world's most powerful and populous countries. World wars span multiple countries on multiple continents, with battles fought in multiple theatres." Radical Islamic terrorist organizations have carried out attacks in North America, Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and South America. I have not found an occurrence of Islamic terrorism in Antarctica. Since terrorist organizations are not countries, can the conflict be called a World War even though their attacks have been carried out on six of seven continents?

 

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Shyron E Shenko says

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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 2 years ago

    This kind of aggression/brutality can have only one source and it has nothing to do with loyalty to god or religion. The only thing in history that has provided this much energy behind military strength is the self ambition of those at the top.

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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 2 years ago

    Would it be necessary for any future war to be connected with Germany and her allies in order for it to be called a world war? Just a clarifying question.

    I agree that the term "War on Terror" sounds like a marketing slogan. Good comments.

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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 2 years ago

    Genna, It seems that at the present time, this would not be called a world war because of what you have said, i.e. many nations in a consolidated effort. Thanks.

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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 24 months ago

    Nick, If we stick with the Wiki definition, I believe this has the potential to be a world war. I don't feel we are there yet because the response by the principle nations has not been overwhelming. But it should be a world war, in my opinion.

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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 2 years ago

    Tim, I knew technical definitions would arise and you've mentioned a few. If ISIS consolidated its land holdings and established a government, they could be considered a nation. With their global terrorist attacks, WWIII might apply. Your thoughts?


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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 23 months ago

    A universal definition would be difficult to draft. Curiosity was my original motivation for the question. Calling it a world war might have an economic impact with WWIII happy meals and a film or two. Now I'm getting cynical so I'll shut up :)


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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 2 years ago

    Interesting input, bradmasterOCcal, especially the last paragraph. I suppose if we defined it by the specific source of terrorism it might be easier to declare victory at some point. Otherwise, any act of terror would be a continuation of the war.


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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 24 months ago

    Eric, I love the Old Ben quote. I'm not saying I've never been a fool, but hopefully not that kind of fool, not the kind that wants to dominate and destroy. It is freedom I love, and in the end, I am convinced, freedom will overcome.


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