Is WWIII imminent?
Should Israel strike Iran all hell will break loose. Iran has threatened the U.S. should it occur. Is world war inevitable if this happens?
WWIII is not imminent but it could very well be in our future. It will probably start off as a regional conflict and, in time, expand to include the rest of the world.
If Israel strikes Iran the "hell" you speak of will, initially, be caused by Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza strip launching rockets into Israel at the behest of their benefactor Iran. Israel learned their lessons from the last time they engaged Hezbollah and Hamas and they are prepared to deal with this eventuality. As for Iran itself they are, in fact, not a strong military power by any measure. For instance if they attempt to block the Straits of Hormuz their entire navy could and probably would be destroyed with 72 hours by the US and her allies. Iran's air force would be neutralized in about the same time. While Iran could launch short and medium range conventional missiles most of their launch capability would be destroyed very quickly. The conflict would be short and bloody. Iran would be left with it's terrorist networks that it maintains throughout the world to strike back at the west. While this would be problematic it will not start WWIII
If there is ever a war, it'll not be a war like we've seen before. It'll be a war of nuclear arms and unbelievable catastrophe. That being said, I doubt anyone will press the button to send any bombs, even radicals. There's just too much at stake for anyone to do that.
While you may believe the Middle Eastern revolutions will become something greater, I believe this is merely the Middle East trying to break free from years of suppression and leadership. They want a democracy, and many may get it. If they don't, then we may have a few battles, but not full-scale-WW.
In my opinion, World War II was the last "world war."
Quite unlike what were the cases in World War I and World War II -- with the former being mostly a major conflict between the "allies" and the Germans and the latter being mostly a major conflict between the "allies" and Germany-Japan -- any global conflict in the future will be the "allies" against a whole bunch of "masked men."
In other words, I believe that what will happen in the future is the "allies" will go to war against largely nondescipt factions.
And opposite of what was case in both World War I and World War II, there will not be any declarations of war -- and neither side will ever be beaten into submission and go on to sign a truce or formal statement of surrender on a U.S. Navy warship.
Furthermore, the conflict will not merely consist of the opposing sides shooting back and forth and carrying out various kinds of military-guerilla-terrorist attacks against each other's people, cities and lands.
Much of it will consist of such things as knocking out nationwide communications systems, contaminating food and water supplies, and releasing and spreading the viruses of deadly and highly-contageous diseases.
In summation, when World War III starts and gets underway, no one will even know that such a conflict is taking place, because it will appear to be little more than a stepped-up version of what is already happening today -- which brings something to mind.
Perhaps World War III has already begun. Maybe all of the terrorism, unrest, and cyber attacks against national security agencies and large private organizations, are the goings-on of the early days of World War III.
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