​The Possibility of a Third World War – A Speculation!

Ever since mankind evolved, war was eminent – first on land, then sea, and then air.

With the two world wars already fought, the number of casualties that we suffered in both wars was devastating; almost half the population of the world at that time perished.

Estimated to be 10 million military dead, 7 million civilian deaths, 21 million wounded, and 7.7 million missing or imprisoned. Over 60 million people died in both the  World War’s estimated deaths range from 50-80 million. 38 to 55 million civilians were killed, including 13 to 20 million from War-related disease and famine.

So now what if I told you there would a Third World War? Yup, a third.

The results of this war would be far, far devastating that the two wars combined; as mankind has evolved so have the tactics and instruments of war. In this age of nuclear technology one can only imagine how devastating a modern world war would be.

Albert Einstein said “I know not with what World War 3 will be fought but I know World War 4 would be fought with sticks and stones.

And Einstein was a fool, pun intended.

Let’s just face it – based on the current situation that we are in we are more closer to extinction level than we think. Let me start first with the countries and the situations that could, spark the possibly final World War.

1.The Cold War:

After World War 2 there was a rift within the Allied Powers specially against the paranoid leader of the then USSR, Leader J. Stalin. The West began eyeing Russia with suspicion, which marked the beginning of the Cold War. After the US acquired nuclear weapons to the time when the second world ended, the USSR, in order to maintain a power balance, decided the create their own atomic bomb on 29 August 1949.

This quickly escalated a nuclear arms race between Russia and the US.

During this period, both the sides competed with each other for world dominance through the arms race and their influence in other countries. The stockpile of weapons also doubled with both trying to get over the other and creating new countermeasures in case the other attacks. This prevented them from engaging in a full armed conflict but they managed to make it proxy through countries like Afghanistan and Yemen.

Fast forwarding to 2014, tensions escalated after the Russian Federation’s annexation of Cremia, with the West imposing sanctions on Russia; and also, the Syrian Crisis with the West supporting the rebels and Russia supporting Bashar-Al-Assad. Although tensions now seem to have shifted towards ISIS with both sides claiming to be fighting terrorism, but we can’t tell for sure as to where this proxy war will lead us with the number of accusation of both sides. We can pretty much tell in what drastic ways the war between the two may end in.

2. The Indo-Pak crisis:

As old as the dystopian relations are, that of India and Pakistan has been growing worse.

With them having fought 4 wars, the most recent being the 1999 Kargil War where the Pakistani troops occupied Indian posts in the winter and the Pakistani Army Chiefs were readying their nuclear arsenal to be used.

In fact, it was when the then Prime Minister of Pakistan visited the American President on 4th July, that he was informed that the Army was readying their weapons.

  Infact president Bill Clinton stated that Nawaz Sharif really did not know about the WMDs being moved or that he was the best actor in the world. 

Now, their relation seems to be growing worse with India accusing Pakistan of harbouring terrorists, carrying out attacks on India as frequently as a midday meal. Both the countries also have their nuclear weapons ready.

So, with their relations growing worse, isn’t it easy to figure out what happens when two neighbours fight to death?

3. The Korean Crisis:

There is no ignorance of the Korean Crisis when we think about World War 3.

As far as I see it, this is perhaps the best reason which can be for starting the Third World War.

The Korean Crisis started right after Japan left, post the 2nd World War, in 1945. After that, the United States and China along with the Soviet Union, took control of the two parts of the country, with the boundary being along the 38th Parallel. This was the product of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States.

It wasn’t until 1951 that an armistice was considered between the two Koreas. But due to the UN forces and the communists being on the opposite sides, this was never going to be easy, until the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed. 

The two sides agreed to create a four-kilometer-wide buffer zone between the states, known as the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). This new border, reflecting the territory held by each side at the end of the war, crossed the 38th parallel diagonally.

So far there seems to be nothing more than propagandas from both sides; well technically, its mostly from the North Korean side. With the more recent and frequent nuclear tests done by North Korea despite international warnings and the growing bitter relations between the North and the United States with the most recent action by President Trump moving their carrier strike group to the Korean peninsula, well… I  don’t need to tell much since we are all very much aware of it.

So, with all the recent ongoings connected to our very dear Kim Jong Un, one would wonder how long it can be peaceful. Or will this ember burn into a deadly fire?

 

 

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