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World War 4 May 5, 2007

Posted by tkcollier in Geopolitics, Humor.
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“I don”t know what weapons World War Three will be fought with, but World War four will be fought with sticks and stones.”
— Albert Einstein

Actually we were lucky and World War 3 did not follow Einstein’s prediction – The Cold War ended with a whimper, not a bang. World War 4 is being fought on an electronic battle-field, as the connectivity of Globalization upsets the insulated traditional cultures around the globe. The reaction is global jihads and a counter-reformation in the Episcopal Church of Conservative members from places like Africa. There was a similiar pushback with the Counter Reformation, during the last communications revolution – the invention of the printing press. And what did they print? – the Gutenberg Bible. The result was the rise of Martin Luther and the Liberal Protestant movement and the Conservative Catholic counter-attack, resulting in the 100 years war, amongst others – A Christian Civil War.

The curse of oil dragged Middle East desert tribes into contact with the outside world. Now, we have a Muslim Civil War. Not just the long simmering feud between Sunnis and Shiites, but one over the effects of Modernity on basic Muslim values and beliefs. The internet is the 21st century equivalent of the Renaissance’s printing press for the Islomafacist’s counter-reformation jihad. Where the Christian Civil War was confined to Europe, the revolutionary Global connectivity that has unprecedentedly dragged much of the world out of Poverty has also spilled the war for the soul of Islam far beyond it’s borders to around the world.

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1. Bobby Lewis - May 6, 2007

I guess the Cold War wasn’t so bad after all. At least one could depend on the enemy having a reasonable fear/respect for the return volley of ICBMs that would be sure to follow the opposition’s first strike. In the nuclear case, retribution is swift and is definitely paid with dividends. I dread the thought of the added frustration of calibrating a dash mount Geiger counter AND a Tom-Tom GPS to go on a road trip. Nowadays, the enemy is literally dying for the opportunity to die trying to kill us.
I can’t conceive of a way for us to make it another 200 years without someone starting a nuclear war. It’s frustrating that the groups most likely to detonate one don’t even have a return address. The reality is overwhelming because the solution requires a convergence of ideologies and for people all over the world to evolve culturally, spiritually, and philosophically faster than could possibly be expected.

I’ve included a link to a site which details the capabilities of the Eight Trident Nuclear Submarines comprising the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet out of Bremerton, Washington. Wow. A sub from the US Pacific Fleet can hit anywhere on earth (within 400-500 feet) in 10-15 minutes with (24) Trident I C-4 missiles (Each with eight independent warheads). Each of those independent warheads makes Hiroshima look alike a firecracker. The saying has changed slightly: Close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and Submarine launched NAVSTAR Guided MIRV (Multiple, Independently targeted, Re-entry Vehicle) ballistic missiles.

I’m not sure if humanity as a whole is evolved enough to save us from ourselves in time…but I hope we are. The chances of us even being here are so slim in the first place. I don’t believe we strut and fret our hour upon the stage in some sort of cosmic practice run with a tragic end enabled by our own genius. As far as the Big Bang Theory. The last syllable of recorded time can’t be identical to the first. Too ironic…too meaningless…too many bills to pay to solve this conundrum right now.


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