Since 1945, the major powers in the world have not gone to war with one another (technically) — even at the peak of the Cold War. Well, let me reiterate, we have not had a war on the scale of the first two big wars for the U.S. We’ve actually had an “ongoing” of little skirmishes through the years (since the 80’s till now) bringing about terrible repercussions to our families and this country (USA).
Perhaps the biggest reason we have not had an “all out” global conflict — and why a war on the scale of World War 1 and 2 has not occurred is because of two reasons: one, M.A.D. still applies in the back of the minds that own them. Two, it is perceived that nuclear war is controllable (i.e Fukushima, Japan-ongoing release of radiation circling the globe) and or winnable (As in the minds of Russia’s leaders).
Again, M.A.D. is the prevailing rationale of not using nuclear weapons that, if war broke out between two major powers, the consequences could be unlike any the world has ever seen. I personally believe “one” day, a nuke will be used over or in a U.S. city.
When two super powers agree or disagree to an extreme extent that nuclear war is in their favor and or will bring about a desired result and or reaction, the chances are good when they are prepared, a countdown will begin. And lest we forget about “small yield” nukes. These too are easily built and smuggled into places, and not necessarily by a perceived enemy, but a hidden one.
Many super power countries hold patents even on some of the most deadliest weapons ever conceived; and none of them are Middle Eastern. However, the country we call Israel is very armed. Their military in many ways rivals our own.
Anyway, Just because it’s unlikely that nuclear war would ensue doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
There’s always the danger of accidents and miscalculations getting people in places where they don’t want to be. In any war scenario, nothing is left to chance; wars must be controlled, even who throws the first punch will be worked in by both aggressive counties.
Memories of the destruction caused by global conflict can fade as time passes — certainly after 100 years. There are no living veterans of World War I; the last died in 2012. No one who was there can tell the world what it was like at Verdun or the Marne or the Somme and what we should learn. We can rely only on history; hoping to find accurate intel.
There’s a danger these events become so distant in our memories they become abstract. Hence why it’s vital to study history. Believe it or not, we always repeat it as the saying goes; it’s just our toys got bigger and smarter and more deadly.
To think that a major war-like catastrophe (i.e. WW1/2) in our life-time or in our/your country, it would be a mistake to assume it couldn’t happen again.
Ultimately, it may depend on the mindsets of the so-called leaders choosing whether or not to follow the lessons of a war ravaged history. Sadly, their are some with another mindset and ulterior agenda and motives; everyone has a desire and a price.
Some would-be leaders have studied history and bring to the responsibilities of leadership a real sense of history. Others do not.
History has shown one cannot assume a lesson — even one from war — will remain in the collective consciousness forever.
The human record is littered with lessons unlearned.
*Thanks mostly in part to Derek P.
Mt 24:6 “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”
My personal thanks and salute to Corporal Kelly of Corporal’s Corner. Thanks Kelly!!! Semper Fi!