Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Right or wrong, the Russian incursion into Georgia is not likely to lead to World War III

The apocalyptic hard on that many conservatives and a few liberals have for a final showdown between superpowers, or the beginning of the end for the world, is not based on facts. Wars, of course, existed long before the two World Wars and didn't lead to apocalypse, although they exacted a great human toll. Although it may have bad effects, I don't think we should act like the sky is falling with the Russian invasion of Georgia. Plenty of small wars stay small and don't spread to other countries. China and India have had several wars regarding border regions since the second world war and they haven't lead to all out mass destruction warfare with Beijing and New Delhi fighting to the death and full occupation of their respective countries.

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