World War 3 could be closer than you think. The past week has show that tensions between the U.S. and Russia are increasing. As reported in the Inquisitr, just yesterday, President Obama threatened Russia directly when he told Russian leader Vladimir Putin that the U.S. would take “retaliatory action” over alleged Russian interference in the recent presidential election. Obama’s comments are the latest in an increasing war of words that many believe could lead to World War 3. No one wants to see the world at war, but there are increasing signs that World War 3 could be on the horizon.
Of course, Obama is not threatening to start World War 3 over a cyber-attack, but his accusation, that Russia interfered in the U.S. election is just one potential flashpoint that could easily lead to war.
Perhaps the most obvious source of conflict between the U.S. and Russia is in the ongoing war in Syria. We have all seen the tragedy that the ongoing civil war in Syria has had on the people of Aleppo. Over the course of this week, we have seen president Assad claim that the war in Syria is over. According to the BBC the on/off evacuations of the Syrian city have been halted again as the specter of war returns to the city.
Perhaps the most worrying aspect of the war in Syria is the fact that the U.S. and Russia have taken opposing sides. The Russians have taken direct military action against “rebel fighters,” whose war was largely funded by the U.S. and her NATO allies. When you add the U.S. and NATO posturing over Russia’s annexation of Crimea, you sense that we are straying into very dangerous territory.
There are, of course, complicating factors in the situation, but it was recently reported that the Russians seem to be mobilizing their armed forces in preparation for World War 3. According to Britain’s Daily Star, Sweden has put its troops on a war footing after claims that Vladimir Putin could invade NATO members Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. If that were to happen, many would see World War 3 as inevitable.
So, What Else Could Cause World War 3?
The intervention of Iran in the war in Syria is dangerous, according to the Daily Express. Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been tense for decades and now the two are on opposites sides of the war in Syria. Last year, Barack Obama seemed to have calmed the threat of war with Iran when he brokered a deal over nuclear weapons. Donald Trump dubbed that deal a “disaster” and says he will dump it. If he does, Iran could launch an attack, which would subsequently start a new world war.
Metro report that Iranian defense minister Hossein Dehghan told a security conference that Donald Trump’s posturing could lead to World War 3.
“Enemies may want to impose a war on us based on false calculations and only taking into consideration their material capabilities. Such a war would mean the destruction of the Zionist regime (Israel), and will engulf the whole region and could lead to a world war.”
Could Donald Trump’s Position On China Cause World War 3?
Relations between China and the U.S. took another downturn this week when China seized a U.S. Navy drone. According to the Washington Post, a Chinese naval ship seized the unmanned naval drone in international waters in the South China Sea.
The incident comes amid mounting tensions over Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, which have alarmed U.S. allies in the region. The U.S. has been increasing naval forces in the region for some time, ostensibly to deal with the threat of North Korea’s nuclear testing program.
Donald Trump has indicated that he will take a tough line on China, both in terms of trade and on China’s “One China” policies. The Independent reports that Chinese officials are saying that China should be prepared to invade Taiwan should Trump interfere. Many will fear that such action could lead to World War 3.
These are just a few of the potential flashpoints that could lead to World War 3. The rise of ISIS, and Islamic terrorism in general, means that much of the Middle East is a powder keg. The chances of the conflicts in those areas leading to World War 3 must be high. With tension between the world’s biggest powers, America, China and Russia, at their highest for decades, the specter of World War 3 is very real.
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