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
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
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
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.