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World War Count?
« on: November 14, 2012, 05:27:17 PM »
Gus remarked that WWIII may be kicking of with Syria.

Personally I think we passed WWIII a long time ago and we're on five or six depending on how we count. To wit:

WWI - Seven Years War
WWII - The Great War
WWIII - The Great War after intermission (1939 - 1945)
WWIV - The Cold War
WWV - African Conflict(s) of the 1990s

Thoughts? Have I left anything out? Included too much?


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Re: World War Count?
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2012, 06:22:20 PM »
I'm currently reading a book on the The Second World War in which the author briefly makes the case that the Seven Years War was WWI and the French Revolutionary/Napoleonic Wars were WW2.
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Re: World War Count?
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2012, 07:00:42 PM »
I'm currently reading a book on the The Second World War in which the author briefly makes the case that the Seven Years War was WWI and the French Revolutionary/Napoleonic Wars were WW2.

Napoleon is my blind spot. I have zero interest. But he is probably right.

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Re: World War Count?
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2012, 07:03:55 PM »
One of The Wife's professors in undergrad remarked (in 1992) that "the next world war will be between religions" and looking at the news and the state of the Mideast right now, it looks like he was right.
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Re: World War Count?
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2012, 12:05:15 PM »
Would one define "world war" as a conflict involving multiple combatants (including at least 2 opposing 'super' powers) covering 2 or more continents?

At this point in time, I really can't see the Chinese or Russians getting drawn into open warfare with the US/NATO.  Not over Israel, not over Syria, not over Iran.  I mean what would be the cost-benefit to the Chinese or Russians?
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Re: World War Count?
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2012, 12:16:37 PM »
One of The Wife's professors in undergrad remarked (in 1992) that "the next world war will be between religions" and looking at the news and the state of the Mideast right now, it looks like he was right.

The only way that I could see if happening would be if enough Islamic nations had theocratic governments (which appears to be happening), and they all lined-up in lock-step to destroy Israel AND the US/NATO assured the military defence of Israel.  Perhaps a new Islamic Republic of Syria could be the trip-wire leading Iran, Libya, the Palestinian Authority, and Egypt to strong-arm others in a general holy war against Israel and The Great Satan.

Right now, would US government have the stomach/stones to go all-out to support the defence of Israel?  I don't know. 

I would suspect that, if there was another Islamic terror attack, claiming hundreds or thousands of lives in the continental US, the answer would be "yes"... and the conspiracy theorists would be going apeshit.  Especially if there were coordinated attacks in NYC/Chicago/Los Angeles and London/Berlin/Paris.
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Re: World War Count?
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2012, 07:43:07 PM »
Once Iran gets nuclear weapons all bets are off. But Israel won't allow things to get that far.

The Israelis also have already taken on most of the major Muslim powers in the Middle East and prevailed, without direct military support from the US during those wars.

At the end of the day Israel knows that they have to do the best they can with what they have on their own...they really cannot rely on anyone else too much, even the US.
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Re: World War Count?
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2012, 12:24:09 AM »
The next use of 'canned sunshine' will mark the beginning of World War Three.

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Re: World War Count?
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2012, 01:04:36 PM »
I think your kinda wrong there Gus.
Pakistan has had nukes for years with a rather unstable govenment.  none of those seem to have found their way into terrorist hands.
IMHO Iran isnt as stupid and bloodthirsty as media would like to portray them.  they know that if they have nukes and something goes
boom they are going to be a glass floored parking lot.  MAD still works and proxy fights will be the norm.
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Re: World War Count?
« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2012, 01:09:51 PM »
I think your kinda wrong there Gus.
Pakistan has had nukes for years with a rather unstable govenment.  none of those seem to have found their way into terrorist hands.
IMHO Iran isnt as stupid and bloodthirsty as media would like to portray them.  they know that if they have nukes and something goes
boom they are going to be a glass floored parking lot.  MAD still works and proxy fights will be the norm.

All things being equal I'd rather proxy war with them not having nukes.

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Re: World War Count?
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2012, 01:33:56 PM »
but of course.
Im just trying out this moderate thing for a moment.
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Re: World War Count?
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2012, 02:00:37 PM »
but of course.
Im just trying out this moderate thing for a moment.
dont worry.
it will pass.

I see.

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Re: World War Count?
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2012, 02:46:44 PM »
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Re: World War Count?
« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2012, 10:56:30 AM »
Well that went better than expected. I would like to know who, exactly, took over Star's account.

Patience and understanding with Iran? Iran not bloodthirsty?? WHATWHATWHAT

Ultimately I have to disagree that MAD policy works with Islamofascists who welcome death. That is illogical, Captain.
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Re: World War Count?
« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2012, 05:36:13 PM »
Ultimately I have to disagree that MAD policy works with Islamofascists who welcome death. That is illogical, Captain.

Their belief in the 13th Imam or whatever disqualifies them from being believed when they say they seek a rational outcome.