So, right now, before any war that will be later labeled World War III for whatever reason, we have two WWIII's. You see, to some people, it's a war that hasn't happened yet, that will envelop the world the way the previous two (world) wars did. And that's where the description ends. On the other side, we've got people who say WWIII is the nuclear holocaust that is inevitable, or simply fictitious, that will end life on earth as we know it (I contend, in a tangent, that we don't even understand life on earth now).

That's how I view this thing called WWIII. Now then, in regards to nuclear war in general, and the fact that we had nuclear weapons during the Cold War and didn't use them: the entire point of nuclear war is that nuclear missiles, detonated anywhere in our atmosphere, will seriously impact life everywhere on earth. Who cares if the missile lands on American soil or not? What if it simply explodes in American air space? Or if it detonates in Europe somewhere and we only get the nuclear fallout in America? Or let's say we don't even get the fall out, but Europe's agriculture and way of life is now ... gone? The effects of nuclear war would be so wide spread as to make any missile defense shield totally pointless.

World War III is, or was, the largest battle royale ever created, and ultimately the most unsuccessfull. It was first held as a PPV (also titled World War III) by World Championship Wrestling in November 1995, and it consisted on 60 wrestlers fighting in three different rings at the same time. There were 20 wrestlers fighting in each ring, and the object was to eliminate half that amount of wrestlers, then move to another ring full of 20 wrestlers and eliminate half that amount before entering the main ring where it becomes a regular 30-man battle royale. Confused yet? The people who attended the card that evening sure were, as there was so much going on at once that no one could keep up without hearing the announcers on the PPV, and even the ones watching at home couln't make anything out of it since the action was split-screened into three tiny screens so you could hardly see who was fighting who. And even with THREE announce teams trained one per ring, it still didn't make any sense because the announcers themselves couldn't follow anything! So all in all, World War III was a huge bust, despite the fact it ran inexplicably for another 2 years.

Here's a short history of the royale: The first one was for the vacated WCW championship and was hyped with "a giant in every ring!", that being The Giant (now The Big Show), The Yeti (a wrestling mummy), and Hulk Hogan. Macho Man Randy Savage won that one, winning the title. The next year was for a shot at the title, with Scott Hall winning that one (this was during the nWo period, so he never really got that title shot). The Giant won the year after that, again recieving a shot at the title (and again never recieving it, it was still nWo period).

World War III Has Already Happened

That's right--because the Cold War wasn't cold at all. The term "cold war" was coined by the playwrite Bertolt Brecht to describe the tensions between the capitalist (or at least modified socialist1)--or "first world"--societies with the communist--or "second world"--societies. However, this condition of tension did not stay "cold"--that is, without violence. It was not simply a state of panic, a fifty-year era of nervous peace. It was a violent time, with a war on many fronts:

  • China: home of the openning shots, ca. 1945. During WWII, it was the communist forces of Mao Tse-dung that fought the invading Japanese, not the corrupt regime of Chang-kai Shek. While the war continued, we supported Mao. Once the war was over, of course, we broke all ties. This, of course, angered the soon-to-be victorious Mao.2 Which helped lead to:
  • Korea: 1950-1953. The Chinese- and Soviet-backed communists of North Korea vs. the U.S. forces and South Korea. A civil war which is still only at a cease-fire stage, and threatening to blow up again.
  • Cuba: 1959-1961. Wherein Soviet-backed Fidel Castro ousts corrupt, mafia- and U.S. backed Fulgencio Batista government. This is followed by the Bay of Pigs fiasco and Cuban Missle Crisis; also see The Godfather Part II cause it's just so damn good.
  • Germany: 1945-1961-1989. Wherein the Soviets take over East Germany and East Berlin, and promptly begin a blockade against West Berlin, and build that wonderful little wall.
  • Vietnam: 1961-1975. Soviet- and Chinese-backed rebels against the French government of Indochina (which had left in 1954). It was Kennedy who sent us in; Johnson who escalated it; Nixon who promised to end it but didn't; and Ford who finally evacuated our troops from this bloody "police action" which killed unknown numbers of Vietnamese and over 50,000 U.S. troops.
  • Cambodia & Laos: we secretly bombed these countries during Vietnam; later came Pol Pot and his Killing Fields.
  • Chile: September 11, 1973. CIA-backed assassination of elected president Salvador Allende (accused of being a socialist), and coup by Augusto Pinochet, a Nazi sympathizer. This move--among many others--is why Henry Kissinger cannot set foot in Europe without being tried for war crimes.
  • Nicaragua: Iran-Contra Scandal.
  • Colombia: 1980s. Drugs. Contras. the FARC.
  • Afghanistan: 1980-1989. Soviet invasion of Afghanistan following the deposing of monarchy. A Soviet attempt to spread to the sea. U.S. backed proto-Northern Alliance, but also Osama bin Laden. In the aftermath, the Taliban is formed.
  • Panama: 1989. Dictator and CIA operative Manuel Noriega is deposed by US
  • Grenada: 1980s. Communist takeover leads to U.S. invasion to "rescue medical students." In actuality, we were asked by Britain to invade.

And the list goes on. What is seen, though, is that while these wars were termed "police actions," or were denied altogether (c.f. our support for Augusto Pinochet, the Iran-Contra Scandal, etc), they were, in fact, different fronts of the same war, the war that ended when the Soviet Union finally collapsed under its own weight.

Some will argue that for it to be a war, it must be declared by Congress. I disagree. War is the mobilization of national armies against an opposing force, regardless of what you call it.

And for it to be a world war, it must be global in its theater and its scope, its ideology. Both communism and capitalism sees itself as a global system.

Yes, we won World War III. But the question becomes, will we win World War IV, which already started in 1991, with the First Gulf War3?

1. Modified socialism refers to European-style socialism, as well as the U.S.'s occasional forays into government programs.

2. Do not mistake my statement for support of the Maoist regime. I do not. However, I do know that we used them and then turned on them rather quickly, and that this is not unusual foreign policy.

3. While toalight insists that the First Gulf War was between Iran and Iraq, I was always taught that this was called the Iran-Iraq War. Hence why I call the 1991 war the First Gulf War, since we will no doubt have a Second Gulf War.

allseeingeye says WW 3 - a very interesting theory, but how do you separate the current middle east wars from the wars of the cold war era. The absence of the USSR is as much a problem as the USSR being there.

My answer: The issue with the Middle East isn't a Capitalist-Communist one anymore--though it had been one during the 20th century. Now it is about the Israel question, about oil, about radical Islam vs. Western influence. The Soviets certainly had their thumb in the pie, but now they aren't the pie. What we are dealing with is the effects of Imperialism as much as the above issues. And that is larger than the USSR. It's similar to how World War I lead to World War II without being the same war.

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