If you’ve spent some time online in the past few days, you probably saw the mention of World War 3 over and over again. Even if you didn’t, it doesn’t mean that publications all over the world don’t write more and more articles about the huge risks of a global war starting sooner rather than later. And I am here to talk about this as well and hopefully shed some light over the whole World War 3 thing that you might or might have not heard about.
So what is the deal? Why do people and journalists fear that Russia is preparing for war?
Many people use the WW3 term because it has a greater impact when read, but the truth is that most of them are actually saying that Russia is preparing for war. In the past couple of months, the relations between the US and Russia have deteriorated drastically (and they never were great in the first place!) but recent events have helped the entire situation turn to worse.
Although there are multiple elements that filled the cup of tension between Russia and the US, including the anti-missile defense system that is being built in Eastern Europe, conflicts in ideology, dropping oil prices and more, it was the conflict in Syria that filled the glass and resulted in a still ongoing series of events. Because the US and Russia can’t reach an agreement regarding the management of the conflict in Syria which is going on for years, tensions grew. According to Business Insider (among many other sources), it was Russia that first refused to stop air strikes over Aleppo in Syria that led Washington to stop negotiations with Moscow. Then it was Moscow’s turn to claim that they could shoot down any airplanes that fly over Syria (which are usually US planes), and Russia stopped a year-long treaty with US regarding the disposal of Plutonium, which was the main factor of the world’s reduction of Nuclear arsenal.
Things don’t stop here, unfortunately. The US blamed Russia for cyber attacks related to the election process, and also blamed them for bombing down an AID convoy in Syria – while Russia claims that they didn’t do it and the US knows that very well. Also, Russia deployed missiles that could be nuclear ones at the border with Poland, according to CNN and there are reports that Russia has ordered all officials to fly home all relatives living abroad, according to the Daily Mail.
In other words, all we’re getting right now are exclamation marks after exclamation marks after exclamation marks, all indicating that an armed conflict between at least two of the world’s biggest armed forces is closer to reality than it has been in many years.
So is World War 3 incoming? Will there be a Nuclear War?
These are the million-dollar questions! It’s hard to tell and both those who believe that a war is coming (and it will go nuclear), as well as those who have reasons to doubt it have solid reasons to sustain their claims.
The truth is that, no matter how you put it, the world seems to be on the brink of collapse right now and just a gentle nudge could ruin everything. Tensions are high and when tensions are high, even a small incident can start a war that might take Earth back a few centuries or completely wipe humanity off the face of Earth if Nuclear weapons will be used. The risk is there and the risk is real.
However, even though you’d consider me – since I am a prepper – ready to start screaming that a War will begin and we’ll all die, I don’t think that the risk of World War 3 starting is as big as some voices make it sound.
It’s true that Russia had a massive exercise in the country where 40 million people took part in a simulated nuclear assault over the country, but they do that regularly so it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re getting ready for something bad. It is true that Russia brought those missiles to the border of Poland, but they’re just flexing their muscles: missiles like those can and will be controlled from thousands of miles away – so if they’re near the border or in the middle of Russia, it doesn’t make them more or less dangerous. It’s true that Russia is throwing threats left and right and there are other signs all over the world… but it’s also true that a global war – especially one that would go Nuclear – would have no winners.
There are tensions and problems all over the world. Recently, the German government has advised its citizens to stockpile 10 days worth of food. Relations between India and Pakistan are not getting better either. ISIS and its terrorist threats are dividing the world, with people starting to mistake all Muslims with terrorists. The UK has decided to leave the European Union, which puts the UK in as much danger at the EU itself, if not greater since the early effects of this decision have already started to show and the Pound has dropped to historic lows, with airport exchange agencies offering less than one Euro for one Pound. The global economy is in a bad shape and global debt is also at an all time high… and any or all of these could lead, eventually, to war.
But will it happen?
If Russia declares war on the US (or vice-versa), the entire world will go to war. The entire world will have to suffer. There are no reasons to believe, in any way of form, that anybody could benefit from going to war. Actually, I believe that the only countries that could see some sort of benefits from a global war would be those that would NOT take part in the war itself…
Russia and the US, as well as other players in this grand scheme of things, are huge superpowers. Even though one might be doing better than the other, even though there are tensions and there will always be tensions, even though things could be and have been better, none of these superpowers wants to risk losing their status, nor are stupid enough not to know that a global war will probably mean the end.
They might have bunkers, they might have some plans, but nobody who can decide to do otherwise will choose to live their remaining days in an underground bunker, being miserable and unable to enjoy all the luxury that we can enjoy today, with the only hope that maybe their grandchildren will be able to take a breath of fresh air and walk on the face of earth again.
No. The thought of war is scary and the possibility of war starting on a global scale is higher than it has ever been in the past decades, but I personally don’t believe that it’s going to happen. After millions of years of evolution, we can’t be that stupid to destroy everything.
What is your opinion though? Do you think that Russia is getting ready for war? Do you think that World War 3 is about to start and if it does – will it go nuclear?