‘Piecemeal’ Third World War

Pope Francis laying wreath at Italy's largest war memorial.

Pope Francis laying wreath at Italy’s largest war memorial.

A nuclear war may be an apt description of what World War III is going to be in this day and age.

And the likelihood of it happening, God forbids, is if the US and the EU won’t be able to contain and convince Russian President Vladimir Putin that restoring the Soviet Union by force is not only anathema to its former member countries, but also detrimental to the peace and security of the whole world today.

The world will be more appreciative of the Russian president and will be a highly regarded leader and statesman if only he comes around from his narcissistic views and join the Western world leaders in determinedly and decisively putting an end to the chaotic world we are witnessing now, which Pope Francis appropriately described instead as ‘piecemeal’ Third World War.

“Humanity needs to weep and this is the time to weep,” Francis said in the homily of a Mass during a visit to Italy’s largest war memorial, a large, Fascist-era monument where more than 100,000 soldiers who died in World War One are buried.

The mayhem, destruction and death that World War II wrought upon in some parts of the world has lost its impact, as global conflicts are on the rise making the world increasingly dangerous and unpredictable, as we know it.

Francis has made repeated appeals for an end to conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and parts of Africa. Thank goodness peace is holding up between the Israelis and the Palestinians in Gaza.

Francis described the flurry of conflicts around the globe today as nothing but a “piecemeal” Third World War, condemning the arms trade and “plotters of terrorism” sowing death and destruction.

“War is irrational; its only plan is to bring destruction: it seeks to grow by destroying,” he said. “Greed, intolerance, the lust for power. These motives underlie the decision to go to war and they are too often justified by an ideology …,” he said.

That is what is sickening when a group of terrorists killing innocent people and forcing others, especially children and the elders, to suffer in the name of religion.

A UN High Commissioner for Refugees made this statement sometime ago, saying: “Today, we no longer live in a unipolar world. We live in a kind of chaotic world, there’s no global governance system and power relations became unclear. There are very limited capabilities for nations to solve crises, like in Syria, and the capability to address the needs of people becomes more difficult.”

If only Putin sided with the Western leaders in toppling the dictatorship of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad a few years back, the world would not have come to witness the birth and barbarism of the militant jihadist group called ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), and there would have been one less brutal ‘piecemeal’ war in this part of the world.

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