A World (Potentially) at War?
The U.S. at War in Afghanistan, with strikes in over a dozen other Countries in the "War on Terror".
The U.S. fighting a Tech/hacking/Cold/Political War with Iran
The U.S. helped topple Egypt (politically) and Libya (Millitarily), leaving both unstable and their futures up in the air.
Iraq is Iraq.
Israel and Palestine/the Arab Nations
These we all know (or should).
But also, right now:
China and Japan have a conflict brewing that has very quietly grown worse and worse. An armed event is not an impossibillity at this point. Russia backs China, the U.S. backs Japan.
Turkey and Syria and almost at the point of an actual, strait up, War. Syria, of course, is backed by Russia and China as well. The U.S. nominally backs Turkey as a memeber state of NATO.
And of course the old favorite, North Korea and South Korea continue to be warm with a potential for soemthign bad. Russia and China back (tacitly and openly depending) the North, while the U.S. and Japan back the south.
The potential for a trigger-event that could cause a conflict that could grow into something very large is as high right now as I can recall it being in many, many years, since the end of the Cold War actually. The World, right now, is a seething cauldron of possible conflicts, with the U.S. and Russia/China almost always on opposite sides of the various disagreements.
And while I agree with ol' Bitonti's ideas that China doesn;t want to fight us any more than we want to fight them (economics), that does not mean some possible trigger event could not create a situation where a larger conflict could arrise.
I don't want to sound paranoid, because I'm not. But as a Student of History, especially Millitary History, we appear to be in a time of rising tensions and millitary conflict potential. And as histroy shows, a trigegr event can be as small as an assassination of a single leader or the rise to power of a leader with ambitions in the right nationstate.
The World has avoided a Third World War (although I'd call the Cold War tbh World War III, from the end of WWII to the end when the Wall Fell) since 1945. The U.N. (lol) exists primarily to stop such Wars from happening. Which, of course, doesn't mean it can stop War as the past 70-ish years show.
What do you think?
(If you have to tie it into current U.S. Politics, one pundit has claimed a Romney election will lead directly to a new War.)