Fears of World War 3 are growing by the day as Russia continues to hold civil defense drills, while China is reportedly upgrading its nuclear program and arsenal. To top it all off, the United States has deployed a new missile system, which possibly puts everything on the brink of heightened escalations.
Recently, tensions between Moscow and Washington reached an all-time high as disagreements about Syria pit the two super powers against each other in a word war. Their dispute further intensified as the countries also had conflicting opinions about the Eastern European independence and the ongoing issue of cyber security breaching of classified US files.
Meanwhile, strains in the South China sea has also forced the Chinese government to be more vocal about an armed retaliation if (and only if) the US shows “extreme provocation” in the region, sources say. China is also reported to be working with Russia in its effort to go against the United States’ ongoing upgrade of missile-defense networks throughout the region.
“Russia and China are co-operating over the Korean peninsula but the bad sign here is they are doing a Trump by trying to make things great again,” shared University of New South Wales (Canberra) Professor Greg Austin. “The other big concern is Ukraine, which even though the stand-off is stable, Russia remains intent on punishing its government.”
US sets alert to DEFCON 5 ahead of World War 3?
These actions have already prompted the US to set their alert system to DEFCON 5 (highest is 1), but analysts are saying that it should already be elevated to three due to the threats of the country’s rivals.
Should World War 3 ensue, though, one US army expert claims that it will be quick and with a very high death count.
“A conventional conflict in the near future will be extremely lethal and fast, and we will not own the stopwatch,” shared Maj. Gen. William Hix in an interview with Defense One.
At present though, there are really “no imminent threats” from any of the countries, though some are worried that the scenario may be “fluid and can change rapidly.” Hopefully, it changes for the better.
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