However, here are a few questions you must ask - or facts you must ponder over - before you believe the threat of WWIII is real…
How Do You Know WWIII is on the Horizon?
Highly unlikely. Because friendly nations do not go to war over ego - or non-issues.
Consider these facts:
China is United States' largest goods trading partner with $598 billion in total goods trade during 2015.
Goods exports totaled $116 billion; goods imports totaled $482 billion. Chinese companies are expected to invest $20 billion to $30 billion in the United States in 2016, compared with $15 billion in 2015 and $11.9 billion in 2014.
Despite the Ukraine/Crimea related sanctions, the bilateral America-Russia trade turnover in 2014 amounted to $29.2 billion, which is 7.2% higher in comparison with 2013.
Russian exports to America was $18.5 billion, while American exports to Russia was $10.7 billion.
Partners in Space:
The government of United States cannot go on a full-scale war with Russia because its astronauts are depended on Russian Soyuz flights to reach the International Space Station.
The Pentagon will need to buy up to 18 more Russian-built RD-180 engines to power rockets carrying U.S. military satellites into space until at least 2022.
Though NASA is banned from engaging in bilateral agreements and coordination with China regarding space, it is in the interests of U.S. national security to engage in space cooperation with China.
Beijing is on course to build a massive 8000-mile high-speed train line connecting China, Russia, Canada, and the United States via a 125-mile underwater tunnel for at least $2 trillion.
The entire trip is expected to take two days, with the train traveling at an average of 220 miles per hour.
On its part, Russia is planning the world's greatest superhighway connecting the country's eastern border with the American state of Alaska, crossing a narrow stretch of the Bering Sea that separates Asia and North America.
Syria? South China Sea?
Absolutely nothing, because there is nothing to fight for.
Nations fight for supremacy, to snatch each others prized possessions, or claim their rights on an oil-rich nation. America and Russia are already superpowers. China is an economic powerhouse. So there is no fight for supremacy.
Altercations over South China Sea have no power to snowball into a full-fledged war.
As far as Syria is concerned, if the Cuban missile crisis, the Kosovo War, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Crimea, Palestine, and even Cold War could not incite WWIII, do you really believe Syria can?
If India and Pakistan - two nuclear powers with all the reasons to go on war with each other - can avoid a conflict with global implications, why can't America, Russia, and China?
To fool us. To deflect from real issues they are accountable for.
The United States has failed to,
honor its commitment to lift anti-Iran sanctions
ensure freedom of trade
encourage scientific, technological, and business ties between Iran and Western countries
NATO countries have failed to meet defense spending promises.
As of 2016, the United States spends more than $600 billion annually to fund its military forces and Overseas Contingency Operations, which is about 40% of the world's military expenditures.
According to the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, Russia's authoritarian government,
restricts citizens' right to choose their leadership in free and fair elections
selectively prosecutes racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities and migrant workers
deny due process to defendants in politically motivated cases
fails to protect human rights
For more than a decade, Russia has been attempting to diversify, innovate and modernize its economy, but has failed disastrously; calls to develop long-neglected sectors of the economy continue unheeded.
The First World War killed over 38 million people and cost about $186 billion in direct costs and $151 billion in indirect costs.
The Second World War killed over 60 million people and cost $341 billion to the U.S. and $192 billion to the Soviet Union alone, in 1945. The U.S. has killed more than 20 million people in 37 "victim nations" since World War II.
Russia is not at war with anyone. America is.
Does the country really need direct confrontation with Russia to unleash new terror?
And, is Russia really ready for WWIII?
A Reddit user writes:
Putin is in no respect prepared for a conventional war. His country could not afford it, is not adequately equipped to conduct it, and it would backfire spectacularly.
This inward-facing propaganda is intended to stoke panic and fear within his own population, very much in keeping with how Putin has conducted himself so far.
Corruption, censorship, national debt, police atrocities, 9/11 conspiracy theories, US presidential elections, and the petrodollar are a few of the numerous issues the two countries want to shift your focus from and make you believe that WWIII is imminent because of tensions in Syria and at the South China Sea.
The Week observes:
The possibility of complete annihilation provides a huge disincentive to launching and expanding total wars.
Sure, accidents could happen, but the possibility is incredibly remote. More importantly, nobody in power wants to be the cause of Armageddon.
The level of economic adaptation - even for large countries like Russia and the United States with lots of land and natural resources - required to adapt to a world war would be crushing, and huge numbers of business and livelihoods would be wiped out.
It is clear at least that the incentives for world war are far lower than they were in previous decades, and the disincentives are growing.
This could very well be called Cold War II, but that won't serve America's or Russia's purpose.
The bullies are just fooling around.
How do disaster preparedness drills suppose to mean WWIII?
How do only Syria and South China Sea become bone of contentions and not Kashmir, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, ISIS or North Korea?
Don't close your eyes and think tensions are not there. Instead, open your eyes and see why they are there. Stop this fear mongering.
Don't let a few countries decide your future, at least not through war...