"War is not something that's impossible anymore."

How World War III could start


Wed, Jul 8th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Comparing the current border disputes between NATO and Russia as "disturbingly similar" to the events that lead to the start of World War I, Vox argues that a nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia is entirely possible.

If you take a walk around Washington or a Western European capital today, there is no feeling of looming catastrophe. The threats are too complex, with many moving pieces and overlapping layers of risk adding up to a larger danger that is less obvious. People can be forgiven for not seeing the cloud hanging over them, for feeling that all is well — even as in Eastern Europe they are digging in for war. But this complacency is itself part of the problem, making the threat more difficult to foresee, to manage, or, potentially, to avert.

There is a growing chorus of political analysts, arms control experts, and government officials who are sounding the alarm, trying to call the world's attention to its drift toward disaster. The prospect of a major war, even a nuclear war, in Europe has become thinkable, they warn, even plausible.



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