Are we witnessing the primordial nudges that are the prelude to WWIII? The players are not so much jostling as scrambling for positions. Admittedly, after recent rumblings and manoeuvrings over the last few months (wars and rumours of wars), things have for the moment gone a little quiet. Granted, it’s early days yet; but make no mistake of the significance.
The focus is presently on Syria, for obvious and truly horrific reasons. Egypt has had her go; Libya and Tunisia also. And as Iran is in the process of changing presidents this week, it notably has committed ground troops to Syria at a time when the US has now said it will supply weapons to the Rebels amidst the recent apparent confirmation that the (truly despotic) Assad regime has used chemical weapons on his people.
The use of chemical weapons has by all accounts been rather small-scale; nonetheless, this has been the consistent US rhetoric for when Syria “crosses the line” that triggers US involvement.
Add to this mix Turkey, now dipping its big toe into the Arab Spring, as the latest instalment to regional unrest; not to mention the renewed volatility in an otherwise recently nascent Lebanese hard-line minority.
What is striking is the global mood swing over recent years; mainly since the GFC. One could argue the ‘atmosphere’ changed in 2001, but I would contend that there has been a distinct pessimism only since 2008; as if the initial shock of 9/11 was not fully realised until a second great shock came along, albeit 7 years later (reminds one of the ominous warnings of Jonathan Cahn’s The Harbinger).
Suddenly, everything is much clearer: the players have now come into sharp focus; the process is all too familiar; the destination too certain.
ETA: by the next decade?