World War III

Bill Neinast

How long will it take?  What will it take?  How many will have to die?

When the answers to those three questions coalesce into an unassailable conclusion that World War III is
underway, let’s hope that the White House occupants will be as capable of handling a world war as those who were in charge during the 1940s.

Some scholars and public officials with experience in international affairs believe we are already there.  They believe we are at war.  Many in the inexperienced ranks, however, do not accept that conclusion because the conflict does not look like WWII and Korea, the last of the “conventional” wars.

The most strident deniers of the fact of war are President Obama and his entourage of civilian policy makers.  For them, the only action necessary is to have police authorities be more vigilant in fighting acts of workplace violence.  In their view, one of the most effective ways to combat the inconveniences that exist is to close the POW prison called GITMO and thus eliminate a recruitment tool of ISIS.

They point with pride to the killing of Osama bin Ladin and the “decimation” of al Qaida.  They laugh at that war machine called ISIS as merely the JV team. To have lasting peace, the ISIS’ reign of war crimes, territorial acquisitions, and spread of suicide bombers throughout the world just has to be “contained.”

Here, though, is the hard, sad reality.  WWII had two fronts, Europe and the Pacific.  WWIII has multiple fronts, almost as many as there are separate nations.  Battles are currently being fought in this country, France, Belgium, and Pakistan, to name just a few.

Those battles are roughly equivalent to the bombing runs over Berlin, Dresden, Tokyo and elsewhere in WWII.    Those bombs continued to fall until their fundamental bases were totally eliminated instead of “contained.” 

Until the atomic bomb was developed and dropped, the enemy was not eliminated until boots marched into the dictators’ homes.  

As with WWII, the war in which we are currently engaged, will not be over until the enemy is eliminated.  That, though, will not be easy.  There are so many heads of this hydra.

President Obama and his minions thought the job was done when al Qaida was decimated.  Well, al Qaida is still alive and well in Mali.  That, though, is just the tip of the iceberg.

ISIS now controls large portions of Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram is raging in Nigeria, al-Shabab is doing the same in Somalia and Kenya, the Taliban is still a problem in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Hamas is killing almost daily in Palestine.

Until each of these radical Islamic organizations is eliminated, innocent civilians will continue to be victims of massacres in major cities of the world.

So here’s the perspective.

No one in the White House today will acknowledge that we are at war.  The prevailing view is that, as there is no war, there is no enemy.  Accordingly, it is politically incorrect to use terms like radical Muslims, Islamic Extremists, or Jihadists.

In this view, if there is no war and no enemy, there is nothing to fight.  

Unfortunately, this also appears to be the prevailing view among the four front runners in the current races for the President’s office.  Both Trump and Cruz advocate heavier bombing of ISIS targets, but that is still a mere pin prick in the much larger map of the world where battles are ongoing in WWIII.

When will someone in authority recognize that the financial and social media recruiting sources of the enemy have to be destroyed in order to get some type of lasting peace?  Recognizing who and where the enemy is and putting boots on the ground to destroy the source is the only way this can be done.

The boots on the ground do not have to be exclusively ours.  American leadership, however, is essential.

Sadly, that leadership is currently AWOL and no replacement is apparent.


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