World War Three
The 15-year battle against terrorism, the fight with Russia, the threat from North Korea all have something in common–they remind everyone that the end is always near. The lessons of two previous World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam have taught us many things. Some good, some bad, but the one thing they didn’t teach us was how not to fear the next one.
War, as unpleasant as it is, is a necessary evil. Protecting democracy goes well beyond staging protests and tearing down the symbols of the past. It is an ongoing battle, that will never end as long as there are enemies of freedom in existence. And just as there always has been, there will always be an enemy.
And, all across the country, Americans on both sides of the political aisle are worried that it’s inevitable. 92-year old Annamarie Choo has seen a lot of wars. Now, she says, “In the top of my mind, I think about war. I don’t know how to say this, other than Russia and America, there are communication problems, a big gap. They don’t really understand each other.’’ Choo voted for…
It’s not just Hillary voters who are afraid. Jeremie Clifford, a 45-year old Trump supporter from Ohio, is worried too. “My greatest fear, I think, is a third world war,’’ said Clifford. “We’re letting the leader of North Korea get away with more, or just as much as, what we let Saddam Hussein get away with.’’
Americans, liberal and conservative, are well-aware that the next war won’t look the same as the others. Those who remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki, know there is no defense against a full-scale nuclear war. For those who don’t, there is nowhere to run, no way to escape it is simply the end.
Even as President Trump seeks a diplomatic solution to North Korea, he has cautioned that a “major, major conflict is possible.” Einstein once said that he “didn’t know with what weapons it would be fought, but that World War IV would be settled with sticks and stones.”