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Tango0121 Nov 2015 3:31 p.m. PST

…World Abraze.

"Since 1756, the modern-state system has experienced four global wars; The Seven Years War, The French Revolutionary Wars, World War I, and World War II. The longest global peace came between 1815 and 1914, and it has now been seventy years since the last world war.

Every global war needs a spark. A conflict somewhere ignites the interest of more than one great power. World War I had the assassination of Franz Ferdinand; the Seven Years War had desultory fighting between the French and British along the Mississippi River. The combatants do not always appreciate that the sparks can lead to conflagrations.

But at some point things escalate. Other major nations become involved, and the initial cause of war becomes subsumed under great power competition. The goal of fighting becomes the establishment of a new global order, and with the increase in stakes comes an increase in the resources committed by the combatants, and the sacrifices that their people make…"
Full article here


Kropotkin30321 Nov 2015 4:20 p.m. PST

Who has actually got an army to fight WW3?

kyoteblue Inactive Member21 Nov 2015 4:33 p.m. PST


Navy Fower Wun Seven22 Nov 2015 1:05 p.m. PST

For a while it looked as if WW3 would be fought over energy, but that seems pretty abundant now…

I suspect water will soon become the issue, especially as Australia is on the verge of irreversibly poisoning its watertable with fracking.

The government would then be faced with the huge expense of importing drinking water for 20 million people, or of taking it from a neighbour…

Tango0122 Nov 2015 2:50 p.m. PST



cwlinsj Inactive Member24 Nov 2015 10:59 a.m. PST

Given what happened today, WWIII might be caused by a conflict between Turkey and Russia that draws NATO into the fray and explodes like how WWI began.

freecloud24 Nov 2015 12:25 p.m. PST

There is an interesting theory that WW1 started with teh 1st Balkan War, and the fight was already on fir bits of Turkey's empire. Shooting Franz Ferdinand was the thing that got the major powers involved, not their proxies.

Fast forward to today…..

Personal logo capncarp Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2015 8:39 p.m. PST

The peace-loving peoples of the Wasabi Protectorate wish to share its Goodwill and Bounty with their Bongolesian neighbors gathering on our mutual borders.
That is, our "Goodwill" Multiple Rocket Launcher Systems bearing our "Bounty" Cluster and Flechette munitions.
Come 'n get it, "neighbors".

Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2016 7:03 p.m. PST

Here are the two most likely reasons.


Clean Water

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2016 11:56 a.m. PST

Idiotic spite over principles neither side believes anymore over a short-term geo-political gain.

Part time gamer22 Sep 2016 11:39 p.m. PST

Well, lets not forget population.

As it was said Long ago. Invest in realestate, 'they aint making it anymore".
But the population continues to grow. each nation has more and more to house, feed, keep governed. WHERE are they going to put them?

Its a snowball. More people, greater need for food, (more land required), Water THE most important of all needs of humanity.

IMHO, 'every' nation should invest in the R&D of water processing plants. On a planet reported to be 70%+ water, we dont do a very good job or using that resource wisely.

Apache 630 Sep 2016 9:42 a.m. PST

The technology to make drinking water (or just as importantly irrigation water) from seawater exists. At this time it's more expensive then using 'fresh water.' It's not more expensive then fighting wars though.

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