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Opinion by C. Warren Cordill, Jr.


That might sound like an alarmist statement, and it seems like only a handful of nations understand it, even if in a polarized way. The countries that immediately come to mind are the United States, Britain, Australia, and Canada. But the nation that understands this war better than anybody is Israel, which is probably to be expected as it is the only democracy in a region surrounded by nation states, militias, and freelance terrorists bent on its total annihilation as part of its plan to force a twisted sixth-century Islamic theocracy on the whole world.

WW III is as much like WW II as it is different. The similarities: A growing fascist military and political force is embarking on a mission of world domination. Just replace Germany, Italy, and Japan with Iran, Syria, and powerful factions within the rest of the Islamic world. The icing on the cake is Al-Qaeda and related groups, who, although they are not directly sponsored by a national entity, could very well be the equivalent of the Waffen SS or the Japanese kamikazes.

The opening battles of the Third Great War are already in progress. Israel has just fought its first battle with the Iran/Syria contingent and U.S. forces have actively been engaged with both Afghanistan and Iraq. Wait. That can’t be true. The “main stream media” isn’t reporting that. They say that Israel battled Hezbollah to a cease fire and the United States continues to run into insurgents/terrorists in Iraq. A few weeks into Israel’s latest skirmish, it became evident that it wasn’t dealing with mere terrorists or a mere militia. The evidence supports Israel’s claim that Iran, at the least, supplied advanced weaponry and logistical assistance to Hezbollah in the battle.

On other fronts, Iran has established itself as the primary nation-state leading a global conflict of what is being called an “Islamofacist global jihad.

Looking back to the Great War, one can almost pencil in the current understudies. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who denies the holocaust ever happened and wants Europe to take the Jews back so Israel can be annexed, can easily play the modern day Hitler.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a weaker version of his late father, Syria’s former president, would take over the role of Benito Mussolini. Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah (am I the only one who wants to “slap” this guy every time I see him?) earns the role of SS leader Heinrich Himmler, an identification based solely on ideological reasons, since Nasrallah has nowhere near Himmler’s courage or ruthlessness.

No offense to China, because it is the sleeping giant and will play the role of Russia, reluctantly allying itself only to stab us in the back later. The role of Emperor Hirohito has to go to North Korean dictator Kim Jun Il. Like the late emperor, he is worshipped like a god and has total control of his country’s minds, hearts, and military production capabilities to fit into the global puzzle.

But wait. What about the Asian axis partners? China is one of the greatest emerging economies on the Planet, and this is one of the biggest reasons that the price of a barrel of oil continues to rise. Even before the current battle between the west and Islamofacisim, China and America were on a collision course. And North Korea has been in a state of war with America and South Korea since the 1950’s cease fire.

China’s growing need for oil will push the secular communists to a closer alliance with mideast oil-producing powers, religion aside. And North Korea—the last surviving hard-line Stalinist dictatorship on the planet–has delivered hundreds of missiles to the Middle East. If Kim does realize his goal as a nuclear power, that tendency to share will explode exponentially.

True, the Asian axis has little in common ideologically with Islamofacism, but they are united in ambition for world domination and that seems good enough to solidify the parallel between them and the Nazi’s and Imperial Japan. And lest we forget, make room for Venezuala’s Hugo Chavez, who considers Iran’s Ahmadinejad, “his brother,” and refers to President Bush as “the Devil himself.”

So where are we on the WWIII timetable compared to WWII? The 9/11 attacks were seen as our time’s “Pearl Harbor,” and logically could have been the official start of U.S. involvement in WWIII. But thanks, in large part, to a world community that seems to think diplomacy and appeasement can get us out of this mess, consensus is that we are currently in a time similar to the late 1930s—at the dawn of global war.

After thousands of years of oppression, pogroms, and persecution that culminated in the Holocaust, Israel developed a mentality of “never forget.” We urgently need to develop the same mindset. Diplomacy and appeasement will fare no better with the jihadists than it did with European and Japanese fascism. In fact, one could venture to say that Islamofasicm is far more dangerous.

Granted, the Japanese had kamikaze and used suicide as a means of delivering more lethal firepower. And the Germans had their share of politically bent fanatics as well. But those seem merely deadly complements to the traditional forces that made up the bulk of military power used. The frontline troops of our modern enemy are almost the opposite, with the fanaticism to make suicide the norm, and not the exception, as a lethal weapons delivery system. Couple these extremists with the powerful traditional state militaries of our enemies, and one can easily see why this is becoming the next global war.

So, this essay began by stating that the war is upon us; it proceeded with the hope that we soon find the courage and will to fight as a united force, as we did in World War II. There is as much at stake in this war, namely the survival of western civilization and democracy. Subsequent essays will look at the nature of this war, the battlefields, ways to achieve victory, and the vast differences in the meanings of our traditional and our postmodern terms, victory and defeat, as compared to earlier conflicts.




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