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Go ahead and call it World War 3

August 2, 2006

Where are we going?  When are we going to finally admit that it’s WWIII?  I think it’s time to start calling it just that and stop localizing all the conflicts: they bleed into one global war that touches all of us whether we want to believe it or not.

Antonio Abaya in an article today frames the situation in Lebanon:

No amount of regret and explanations is going to erase from the memory of millions of TV viewers worldwide the images of broken bodies of children being pulled out of the rubble. More importantly, even Lebanese Christians— pro-Israel during earlier clashes with the Hezbollah—are now so incensed at the Israelis that they will no longer be a moderating influence on the politics of that ravaged country. Israel is fast running out of friends, which probably does not bother them one bit as long as they continue to enjoy the bottomless military protection and unflinching political support of the Americans.

He goes on to talk about how the spread of war has begun to merge “like so many inkblots” on paper…

So, yes, it can be argued that World War III has began, though on a low level, and the first blow was struck by Al Qaida on 9/11 in Manhattan and Washington DC. Since then, blows and counterblows have been struck, sometimes by proxies, in such diverse places as Sudan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Aden, Nairobi, Dar-es-Salaam, Israel, Pakistan, Kashmir, Indonesia, the Philippines, southern Thailand, Somalia, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Mumbai and now, Lebanon.

It is actually more global than World War I.

No one wins WWIII.

Child killed in Lebanon 2006

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 3, 2006 12:02 am

    every generation, each decade has people who give 100 reasons why the world is coming to an end… but each time they get one response..
    it survives.

  2. August 11, 2006 4:00 pm

    The world isn’t coming to an end, shocking. But all of this has to come to a crux. Eventually something has to give. I don’t know how much longer this can go on, but the biggest problem with Americans is the war is never on our shores. Save 9/11 and Pearl Harbor, we’ve pretty much seen all the action on TV. The baby in the pic got it up close and personal. That’s why more Americans aren’t against war. They just don’t know what it is.

  3. August 11, 2006 10:43 pm

    I’m not sure I buy into the suggestion that we’re beginning World War 3. So far the events seem to be Middle East fighting and Terrorist pursuit chiefly.
    Maybe if we petitioned our government Bush could attack a few more countries and tie it all together nicely.

    And Jonathan, it’s not that Americans don’t know what war is, they just don’t really care. We’ve been raised to have a 2 second attention span. Honestly I can hardly watch TV News without feeling beaten with drama and tragedy. But once it’s all over maybe I can find some American Idol reruns and remember the truly import things, like Clay Aiken!

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