Why World War III Has Already Begun
By: Eric Davenport
When the United States recently declared war on ISIS in October, many were worried that it could lead to the start of the Third World War. In fact, even earlier this year, when Vladimir Putin and the Russian Army invaded Crimea in the early spring of 2014, many were worried if it could lead to the start of the Third World War. In fact, even earlier than that, a little over thirteen years ago, when radical Islamist terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Centre, many believed that it could be the start to the Third World War. Do you see where I’m going with this? Although we may not realize it now, World War III has already begun. In the first two World Wars, the Allied forces consisted of a core group of World powers fighting against a core group of enemies. Today, those opposing forces are clear. The Allies of Western Civilization consist of Great Britain, the nations of the European Union, Canada, the United States, Japan, and Australia. The enemies on the other hand, are the radical Islamist groups in the Middle East – mainly the Islamic State and Boko Haram – as well as the eastern governments of Russia and China. Now I’m not saying that the Russians are aiding ISIS, or that the Chinese are supporting the North Korean government. What I am saying is that they all have a common goal – undermine Western Civilization.
Firstly, the Islamic State, or ISIS, pose a major threat to Western Civilization. Having already publicly denounced and threatened the United States, saying in one of their videos “we are coming for you Barack Obama”, the Islamic State also has put in place a five-year plan for world domination. Constantly drafting young troubled men from the western world, ISIS is growing in power every day, and at some point will undoubtedly cross the border into Turkey, an action that would require a declaration of war in every country involved in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO. That’s right, once the Islamic State cross into Turkey, the entirety of Europe, as well as the United States and Canada, will officially be at war. Of course, that’s not to say that Western countries aren’t yet doing anything to fight ISIS, as an American lead intervention in Iraq and Syria has been taken on by most Western powers, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Canada and many others. Of course, this just goes to show the outbreak of the Third World War, because if these Allies weren’t intervening, we wouldn’t technically have a war. So I’m just going to recap for you. Currently, there are Western armies who have come from overseas and western Europe to fight a radical group who is seeking world domination. Does that ring a bell? I’m thinking of the German government in both the First and Second World Wars, and the Allied armies who so bravely defended their countries. The parallel is almost direct, which is all the more reason to back up my previous statement, World War III has already begun.
Of course, ISIS is not the only threatening terrorist group from the Middle East, as Nigerian radical Islamist group Boko Haram is also bent on the destruction of Western Civilization. Boko Haram, when translated to English literally means “Western education is a sin” or “Westernization is sacrilege”. Their name in and of itself shows opposition to Western Civilization, just as their actions have. Earlier this year, members of Boko Haram captured and sold 276 Nigerian girls who had been in a Western school, as an act of defiance against western aid and education, as well as women’s rights. Boko Haram has also carried out a flurry of attacks on the Nigerian government in the last few years. In February of 2014, the governor of Borno, a Nigerian city stated that “Boko Haram are better armed and are better motivated than our own troops. Given the present state of affairs, it is absolutely impossible for us to defeat Boko Haram.” Ties between Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda have been confirmed, as have ties between ISIS and Al-Qaeda, proving that the Islamic State and Boko Haram are almost certainly united in their defiance of Western Civilization.
Although they are nowhere near as extreme as ISIS or Boko Haram, and have no ties with the terrorists in the Middle East, the Russian government still poses a major threat to Western Civilization. When Vladimir Putin lead Russian troops to a conquest of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, many parallels were drawn between his actions and the actions of the German government in 1938 when they conquered and annexed Czechoslovakia. The German occupation of Czechoslovakia was a major contributor to the outbreak of the Second World War. When Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia, he did it mainly from the inside, taking advantage of political unrest. When he occupied it, he justified his actions as protection for the ethnic German population in Czechoslovakia, who he claimed were being persecuted. The similarities between the German occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1938 and the Russian invasion of Crimea in the spring of 2014 are eerily similar. After Putin took advantage of the political and social tension brewing in his western neighbour, he justified his actions as protection for the large ethnic Russian population in Crimea, who he claimed were being persecuted. After Russia’s conquest and annexation of Crimea, it is clear that they pose a threat to Western Civilization.
Although they have not recently used military force to conquer foreign countries, China is still a threat to Western Civilization because of the actions their military and government have preformed towards their own citizens. In 1989, when Chinese citizens launched peaceful protests in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, the Chinese government responded with brutal force, resulting in a massacre. The protesters began protesting for social equality, freedom of the press, freedom of speech and democracy. All of these ideals we see as fundamental to Western Civilization. But instead of listening to their plea for justice, the Chinese Government mobilized their army, and drove into the public square with tanks, mowing down unarmed protesters with machine gun fire taking 10,000 peaceful protesters as prisoners. In 2009, many people gathered in the square to peacefully commemorate the twenty year anniversary of the massacre. However, despite the protesters original wish for freedom of press, the Chinese government responded by blocking journalists from entering the square and shutting down social media and foreign news sites. Earlier this year in 2014, after the Hong Kong government, which is supposed to be democratic, made an undemocratic decision about the Hong Kong election process, many peaceful protesters took the streets of Hong Kong in an act of peaceful civil disobedience. The Chinese government, however, responded with the use of tear gas, injuring 87 protesters and forcing the demonstration off the streets. Despite the Chinese population’s desire to become a just, democratic society, the government of the so-called “People’s” Republic of China continue to force their unjust tyranny upon their citizens. The scariest thing though, is that this unjust tyranny has control of the largest army in the world. Although they have not attacked a foreign country in years, the government has too much power over too much. Their refusal to accept democracy is in direct combat to Western Civilization and their immense militaristic and economic power poses a major threat. Although the Western world might not yet be at war with China specifically, we are at war with their ideals.
In conclusion, it is clear that the Allies of Western Civilization face clear opposition in the form of the terrorist groups ISIS and Boko Haram, as well as the governments of Russia and China. We see that today there is a circle of four core groups, who collectively have launched attacks on innocent neighbours, declared war on the Western world, and combated civil rights and education. In the space of the last year, a European nation has been attacked and conquered unjustly, war has been declared on the United States of America, civil rights movements have been crushed by unjust use of military force and the Allies of the Western World have launched themselves into a war in the Middle East. If that’s not enough evidence to support the statement that World War III has already begun, that I don’t know what is. Albert Einstein once said, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” May we hope and pray that his words prove untrue.