World War III is a popular apocalyptic belief, so enormous in scale that if fought it will bring about the annihilation of our planet. The world has already seen two colossal wars: World War I and World War II. We know well that history has a habit of repeating itself so it is not really delusional to anticipate the mother of all wars – World War III. Events even in the most secluded corner of the world could actually lead to other nations crumbling like millions of dominos. The formation of the League of Nations in the aftermath of the World War I had made it appear that such a devastating display of death would never happen again, but then came an Adolf Hitler and history was re-scripted. Therefore, even if the world may be trying to prevent a global military conflict, there is every possibility that some madman or unfortunate event may give birth to the doomsday. Here’s a list of top 10 events which may act as catalysts of World War III.
10. China Attacks a US Ally:
The US has often said that all democratic nations including India are its allies. In fact, its involvement in the Vietnam War was to support its democratic confederate, South Vietnam. The status of Tibet and Dalai Lama has been a subject of serious political confrontation between India and China. Besides that, India’s growing economic clout poses a direct challenge to China’s dreams of Asian supremacy. Though there is no looming threat of China invading India but if they do so, for whatever reason, tensions would escalate. India would retaliate, which would cause the US and other nations taking sides and finally leading to the third world war.
9. North Korea Invades South Korea:
The relationship between North and South Korea has always been under duress, and more so now when North Korea appears to be on the brink of gaining Nuclear power for military purposes. If North Korea were to nuke South Korea, the US would retaliate in support of the latter. China would perhaps back the North making it a world war.
8. Syria Invades or Bombs Israel:
Syria and Israel have been at each other’s throats since the times when the Book of Joshua was written. Israel is probably the only supporter of peace in the Middle East and, perhaps, also a threat. With Syria in civil-war, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the ruling government ends up attacking its long term enemy – Israel. If that were to happen, it would only be a matter of time before the US and the rest of the world stand with weapons drawn at each other.
7. Russia nukes the USA:
Now, this is a little too farfetched, but what if due to some bizarre turn of events Russia and US go to war. The result would be catastrophic. We have seen how the US avenges the death of its people and a nuclear strike against it would be the last straw. So, in all probability, World War III will break if these two countries come at loggerheads as the rest of the world wouldn’t be able to stay neutral.
6. A rogue nuclear attack:
With the terrorists getting stronger and nuttier by the day, it is very much possible that they bring nations at war by affecting strikes in each other’s name. If a terrorist outfit launches a nuclear attack on the US disguising it as an onslaught from Russia, there is a possibility of a full blown war. Old wounds would be undone and it would only be too late before the truth is known.
5. Another strike on USA:
The world witnessed US going to war in Iraq and Afghanistan when its citizens were attacked. If another attack of the scale of 9/11 were to take place, this would lead to hostilities that would engulf the entire world. The US would go every distance to attack any number of countries that might have had hand in assault on its soil.
4. Pakistan bombing India:
With Pakistan funding terrorist activities and creating war-provoking moments with India, another war between the two nations doesn’t seem ludicrous. If Pakistan attacks or violates the LoC again, India would respond without a doubt. With both nations armed with nuclear weapons, it would just be a matter of time before the world too is engulfed in this messy fight leading to the next disastrous war- World War III.
3. Terrorists bombing Vatican City:
Islamist terror outfits could carry out the most audacious attack in history against the Christians by targeting the Vatican City. With an attack on the seat of faith and religion of the Christians, every Catholic country in the world would be at war with any Muslim country that backs the attack. The condition would be volatile and Christianity would be at open war with Islam. This would but naturally lead to a full blown World War III.
2. Bombing of the Dome of the Rock:
The Dome of the Rock marks the spot where Jews and Christians traditionally believe Abraham almost sacrificed Isaac to God. Jews and Christians are allowed in and may pray inside the structure, but without bibles. The interior is bewilderingly stunning decorated with verses from the Quran. If it was to be destroyed, it would enrage three faiths leading to pandemonium and invasions.
1. Bombing of al-Kaaba:
The Islamic terrorist outfits are already at war with the non-Islamic nations. If some rogue organization or country were to bomb the al-Kaaba, it would bring every Muslim nation at war with the non-Muslim world. Israel would probably be the first to be attacked setting a chain of events that would draw other nations into the war. If this event were to occur, the world would probably end up destroying itself in a few weeks.