SYRIA AND NORTH KOREA AS FOCUS OF A NEW WORLD WAR?

Ric Wells states in his article Syria - the aftermath, published on the website Writer Beat on April 25, 2017, that it is necessary study, discussion, debate and anticipation about the consequences of the US missile attack on an airbase of Bachar El Assad in Syria. Ric Wells states that, as a consequence of this United States attack against the Assad regime, Russia adopted a policy of communication and separation of common-sense military agreements between the United States and Russia, Iran condemned US action against its ally, Syria, giving Iran a reason to intensify anti-American activities, the Islamic State (ISIS), while not being an ally of the Assad regime has given way to retaliation. Although Isis and Assad disagree with each other, both are Arab factions. The hatred of ISIS for the United States is much deeper than its hatred of the Assad regime. Ric Wells said he would not be surprised if terrorist activity increased in France, Britain, Canada, Mexico, the United States and any other nation that is friendly to the United States.

 

Ric Wells raises doubts whether the missile strike was a sign that President Donald Trump would be willing to circumvent international law. He states that the enemies of the United States have become many due to this action because it could be a program of colonialism and domination of the United States on the horizon. This is what many should and are thinking today. Ric Wells reports that the day after the missile attack, in Stockholm were killed 4 and injured others. Two days later, two churches in Egypt were attacked and more than 70 people were killed and countless other wounds. Russia, Iran and China have said that further aggression from the United States will not be tolerated and retaliatory measures will be taken. North Korea is positioning itself aggressively as the United States sends a nuclear fleet to show a strong presence just off the waters of North Korea. Ric Wells's fear of the possibility of a long-term terrorist attack on the outside of the Western Hemisphere is perfectly correct and concludes that only time will tell him to be wrong.

 

One fact is clear: Syria and North Korea are the countries that can become focuses of a new world war. Syria is today the epicenter of a battle that brings together various actors: the great enemy regional powers (Iran and Saudi Arabia) and historical allies (the United States allied with Saudi Arabia and Iran allied with Russia). The Syrian conflict began when President Bachar Al Assad launched an offensive against the rebels of the Syrian Free Army. Meanwhile, other actors have stepped inside the rebel movement, followed by extremists from the Islamic State (ISIS) and the Kurds. It has become clear that the geopolitical interests of the parties involved are very different.

 

It can be said that Syria has a fundamental strategic importance because it is the last stone of geopolitical chess in the region whose fall of Bachar Al Assad would lead to the siege of Iran, enabling the Western allies to reach the territory of this country by the Mediterranean Sea and Iraq which would guarantee passage for allied troops to reach Iranian borders. Syria, which borders Israel, has always been important in the Middle East and, especially today, is part of a very delicate geopolitical chess because it is an allied country of Iran, along with those who sponsor extremely aggressive terrorist movements such as Hezbollah and Hamas in opposition to the State of Israel.

The recent US attack by President Donald Trump's decision to a Bashar al-Assad air base in Syria has widened the existing stalemate between the United States and Russia over Syria's civil war, with both sides promising resurgence in use of the force. The tone adopted by the two nuclear powers was a threat, raising the tension between Washington and Moscow at a level similar to that experienced in the Cold War. The Kremlin called the US action "aggression" and "breach of international law" and said it would suspend the channel of communication with United States forces used to prevent the two countries from attacking Syria, since both operate in the country.

 

North Korea may also be the focus of a new world war because the tension between the United States and North Korea has existed for many years, but has intensified since Donald Trump took over the White House in January of this year. Donald Trump threatens to attack the Asian country if the Pyongyang regime continues with its military tests. It should be noted that between 1950 and 1953 occurred the Korean War that was part of the geopolitical dispute between the United States and the Soviet Union. It was the first armed conflict of the Cold War, causing worldwide apprehension because there was an imminent risk of a nuclear war due to the direct involvement between the two military superpowers of the time. It is worth noting that after the end of World War II with the surrender and withdrawal of Japanese troops, North Korea became allied with the Soviets and Chinese, while South Korea came under US influence.

 

The United States entered the war alongside South Korea, while China (allied with the Soviet Union) sent troops into the conflict zone to support North Korea. In 1953, South Korea, backed by the United States and other capitalist countries, won several military victories. In 1953, the US government threatened to use nuclear weapons against North Korea and China if the war not be ended with the North Korean surrender. On March 28, 1953, North Korea and China accepted the United Nations peace proposal. With the end of the war, the two Koreas remained divided and the geopolitical conflicts continued, although they were no longer for the military area. North Korea currently remains with the communist regime, while South Korea remains in the capitalist system. At the present time, the United States and North Korea are one step from the war whose conflict can start at any moment.

 

Ric Wells's fear of a wave of terrorist activity in the world is a correct possibility. At the present time, terrorism has reached a great extent in the Middle East with the emergence of the so-called Islamic State. The history of the Islamic state terrorist group is related to the political crisis that unleashed in Iraq after the war that began in 2003. Terrorism is now associated with Islamic fundamentalism. Islamist fundamentalism's opposition to the West has secular historical origins, but it has risen in the Middle East political scene since the Shi'ite Revolution in Iran in 1979.

 

The Ayatollahs' Movement was seen as a major mobilization of Islamic energies asleep by the presence of unacceptable Western modernity. Its sudden appearance was due in large part to the political failure of the Arab states to give an effective combat to the State of Israel, which is seen as the great political and theological enemy, and to withdraw their countries from the situation of economic immobilism. This situation has been aggravated over time by the positioning of Western powers in support of Israel in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and, above all, by violent NATO-backed US military interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya to take over the oil reserves and in Syria for geopolitical factors.

 

Another factor that has aggravated this situation is the growing wave of "Islamophobia" throughout the world, especially in Europe with discrimination suffered at work and on the streets and violent attacks against Muslims and their descendants born on the European continent. The European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia produced a 118-page document entitled "Muslims in the European Union: Discrimination and Islamophobia", which shows that in 2004 50% of Europeans saw all Muslims as suspects of being terrorists [FOLHA DE S. PAULO. Estudo mostra crescimento da "islamofobia" (Study shows growth of "Islamophobia"). Available on the website <http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/fsp/mundo/ft1912200612.htm>]. Muslims discriminated in Europe and around the world are becoming potential allies of the Islamic state that is losing occupied territories in Iraq and Syria with the war effort being carried out with military actions by the United States, Russia, Iraq and Syria.

 

* Fernando Alcoforado, member of the Bahia Academy of Education, engineer and doctor of Territorial Planning and Regional Development from the University of Barcelona, ​​a university professor and consultant in strategic planning, business planning, regional planning and planning of energy systems.

Comments

George N Romey Added Apr 20, 2017 - 11:33am
Put it this way WW1 was started by far less circumstances.
Stone-Eater Friedli afronum Added Apr 20, 2017 - 12:03pm
Good wrap-up. Thanks Fernando.
Dino Manalis Added Apr 20, 2017 - 1:07pm
Syria and North Korea cannot be resolved in the United Nations, because Russia and China have veto power in the UN Security Council.  that's why Washington has to work with Moscow and Beijing to resolve these foreign policy crises bilaterally.  Washington and Moscow should enforce a no-fly zone over all of Syria and urge all parties, including Assad, to focus on fighting ISIS, not each other, while terrorists ought to be attacked only on the ground.  With respect to North Korea, China has to be warned its companies will be sanctioned unless it slashes assistance for Pyongyang and allow Seoul to negotiate aid replacement to bring the two Koreas closer gradually.
Mike Haluska Added Apr 20, 2017 - 3:57pm
Fernando - let me assuage your fears about a traditional World War reoccurring anytime soon.  First of all, the conventional land/air/sea battles where armies of troops fight on vast continents, ships patrol the oceans and fighter jets dogfight in the sky are OVER.
 
With today's technology there is simply NO WAY to get millions of troops, fleets of battleships or bomber wings across the ocean undetected.  Can you imagine Japan trying to sneak across the Pacific today to attack Pearl Harbor?  Our satellites would spot the plumes from their smokestacks before they left Tokyo Harbor.
 
The major powers - despite their saber rattling - are not suicidal.  There is no real defense against space launched atomic weapons.  Or even the more deadly nuclear submarine lunched ICBM's that can legally park 12 miles off the coast of Washington, New York, St Petersburg, Odessa, Beijing, Shanghai.  
 
If a nuclear "incident" is likely to occur, it is from a nation like Iran or North Korea.  Their deterrent has been "appeasement" in the form of cash for playing nice and putting their toys away.  North Korea and Iran are acting up because the spigot is being shut off.     
Ric Wells Added Apr 20, 2017 - 4:17pm
Fernando thank you for the kind words.
George N Romey Added Apr 20, 2017 - 4:21pm
The crazy guy running NK is threatening to strike SK and the US mainland.  We've seen this movie before.  In 1941 the military intelligence did not take Japan seriously thinking they could not and would not strike a US target direct.  But of course they did anyway.
 
With the US possibly bogged down in the Middle East and Asia where do all of the new soldiers come from? 
Fernando Alcoforado Added Apr 20, 2017 - 5:44pm
George Romey, I agree with you that World War I broke out because of less serious circumstances. The current situation demands caution on the part of the great powers to avoid the worst that would be the outbreak of a nuclear war. I agree with you that the threats of the crazy guy who rules North Korea and all the consequences of the outbreak of a new world conflict should not be underestimated.
Fernando Alcoforado Added Apr 20, 2017 - 5:46pm
Dear Stone-Eater Friedli, thank you for your comment.
Fernando Alcoforado Added Apr 20, 2017 - 5:54pm
Dino Manalis, I agree with your view that issues related to Syria and North Korea must be resolved by the governments of the United States, Russia and China as the UN is inoperative in this regard. As you suggest the Syria question must be resolved among the USA, Russia and Assad to focus on fighting against ISIS. As for North Korea must be resolved by the United States, China and the two Koreas.
Fernando Alcoforado Added Apr 20, 2017 - 6:01pm
Mike Haluska, in my article I did not state that the risk of world war would be on a traditional basis. Today the conflict would have a component involving nuclear weapons that need to be avoided. I agree with the clear view of Dino Manalis related to Syria and North Korea that should be resolved by the governments of the United States, Russia and China as the UN is inoperative in this regard. As was suggested by Dino Manalis the Syria question should be resolved between the USA, Russia and Assad to focus on fighting against ISIS. As for North Korea must be resolved by the United States, China and the two Koreas.
Fernando Alcoforado Added Apr 20, 2017 - 6:03pm
Dear Ric Wells, your excellent article inspired me to write what we publish. 
Fernando Alcoforado Added Apr 20, 2017 - 6:05pm
The time has come for humankind to provide itself with the most urgently possible tools necessary to build a world of peace. The UN that was founded after World War II has been inoperative throughout its history. She has not been successful in building a world of peace. There is an urgent need to restructure the UN so that it can exercise global governance that will enable it to mediate international conflicts and ensure world peace. World governance to be exercised by the UN would aim at defending the planet's general interests, ensuring that each nation state respects the rights of every citizen of the world and seeks to prevent the spread of global systemic risks. It would avoid the empire of one and the anarchy of all.
 
Ric Wells Added Apr 20, 2017 - 6:28pm
I will give an opinion here. The fate of Syria lies in Russia's and Iran's hands. The fate of North Korea lies in China's hands. Tge US will have minimal influence unless asked. To defeat ISIS a formal Declaration of Cooperation must be formed between China Russia and the US. Once ISIS is defeated then and only then could a sort of overseer be formed to insure world interests. But this would be fought tooth and nail under the guise of sovergnty and nationalism. It would be construed as another faction of a new world order. 
Fernando Alcoforado Added Apr 20, 2017 - 7:05pm
Ric Wells, I agree with your vision and proposed solution to the problems involving Syria and North Korea, as well as on the referral to defeat ISIS. You are quite right in affirming a world-wide governance would be fought contrarianly by many countries under the pretext of defending sovereignty and nationalism.
George N Romey Added Apr 20, 2017 - 8:03pm
The US keeps arming ISIS the enemy its fighting.  China doesn't want to play the role of peacemaker, its not in its DNA.  As far as Pearl Harbor, the point of the comment was that military experts were wrong about Japan's intentions.
Fernando Alcoforado Added Apr 20, 2017 - 8:21pm
Dear George Romey, if your considerations are confirmed, the risk of a new world war will become more and more probable.
John G Added Apr 21, 2017 - 1:46am
What a load of drivel. ISIS and Al Qaeda are US proxies.
Hezb'llah and HAMAS are resistance movements.
The premise of publishing an article here based on some other nut job's article here is absurd.
John G Added Apr 21, 2017 - 1:55am
If a nuclear "incident" is likely to occur, it is from a nation like Iran or North Korea.  Their deterrent has been "appeasement" in the form of cash for playing nice and putting their toys away.  North Korea and Iran are acting up because the spigot is being shut off.     
Once again, Haluska proves that he is batshit crazy. Iran hasn';t had a nuclear weapons programme since the Shah was the US puppet ruler.
 
Iran and North Korea have been under sanctions regimes i.e. economic warfare by the US.
There is no spigot. Never has been.
Fucking retarded Captain Amerikkka wannabee.
John G Added Apr 21, 2017 - 2:00am


Ric Wells 



I will give an opinion here. The fate of Syria lies in Russia's and Iran's hands. The fate of North Korea lies in China's hands.
 
If they defend those countries from US aggression you might be right. It will take the US to back down from its illegal aggressive policies though and Trump doesn't seem capable of standing up to the warmongers.
 
 
US will have minimal influence unless asked. 
 
The USA is the primary problem. It is the aggressor.
Ari Silverstein Added Apr 21, 2017 - 7:17am
Of course we’d all like to have Russia, China and the UN’s support as we move forward with military action in Syria and North Korea, the real question is, what are we prepared to do without their support?  Let me restate, while UN support is nice, their opinion really of our actions matters very little.  As an entity it’s proven itself to be highly anti-Semitic organization and has no military to back-up any of its laws without the involvement of Russia, China and the United States. 
 
With China and Russia’s support, Syria and North Korea can be taken care of with relative ease.  However, if either country decides to stand in our way, the risk of nuclear war is great.  The 800lb gorilla in the room, in terms of risk for nuclear war is Iran and you didn’t even mention it in this article. 
Billy Roper Added Apr 21, 2017 - 10:49am
As much as I would like to see a destabilizing and escalating global war come out of the Korean peninsula, that's not going to happen unless North Korea attacks our bases in South Korea. They won't do that, and they can't reach California with their supposed atomic bombs, sadly, yet.
Ric Wells Added Apr 21, 2017 - 2:46pm
And now a policeman in France shot and killed in terrorist attack. It will continue. Eventually the jihad will spread to China it is in Russia although reports are buried.
John G Added Apr 21, 2017 - 4:52pm
Ari Silverstein Added Apr 21, 2017 - 7:17am
 
Hasbara troll.
Gerry Charb Added Apr 23, 2017 - 10:53am
Once again Donald Trump's lament of "fake news" really pertains to his own spewing of the stuff whenever he opens his mouth.
 
The American Armada was a figment of his imagination meant to intimdate North Korea, assure the world that the United States is at the ready to stand by its allies and generally was another Public Relations ploy by the Oval Office to demonstrate to a skeptical world that Trump is the man of the hour.
 
His missles attack on the Syrian AIr base was a joke and the Mother of All Bombs was aptly misnamed because an even bigger version of the ordnance is still in the US waiting exportation.
 
The con job in the White House does nothing to allay the fact that Trump is a despot who slams scientific research in favor of profit.
 
Now is the ideal time to start public flag burnings to indicate to the world that Trump does not and has never truly represented  the United States at all.
Fernando Alcoforado Added Apr 23, 2017 - 8:08pm
John G, load of drivel are your comments that demonstrate ignorance of the reality existing in Syria and the Middle East. I agree that ISIS and Al Qaeda had the support of the United States and that Hezb'llah and HAMAS are resistance movements. I don´t consider absurd to publish article based on article published by Writer Beat writers whether to question it or to applaud it. This is the recognition of a good article elaborated that allowed me to add important data to the readers' knowledge of our article.
Fernando Alcoforado Added Apr 23, 2017 - 8:18pm
John G, I agree with your comment that the fate of Syria lies in Russia's and Iran's hands and the fate of North Korea lies in China's hands. I agree with your statement that Syria and North Korea defend their countries from US aggression and that the USA is the primary problem because it is the aggressor.
Fernando Alcoforado Added Apr 23, 2017 - 8:41pm
Ari Silverstein, I agree with your comment that with the support of China and Russia Syria and North Korea can be treated with relative ease and that if either country decides to stand in the way of the United States, the risk of nuclear war is great. You state that in terms of risk to nuclear war is Iran and that I did not mention it in our article. I do not consider Iran as a nuclear war risk because it has not been proven that it has nuclear weapons. In our article, I said that Syria is today the epicenter of a battle that brings together various actors: the great enemy regional powers (Iran and Saudi Arabia) and historical allies (the United States allies of Saudi Arabia and Iran's allied Russia). I also said that Syria has a fundamental strategic importance because it is the last stone of geopolitical chess in the region whose fall from Assad would lead to the siege of Iran, enabling the Western allies to reach the territory of this country by the Mediterranean Sea and Iraq that would guarantee passage for allied troops to reach Iranian borders. I have also said that Syria, which borders Israel, has always been important in the Middle East and, especially today, is part of a very delicate geopolitical chess because it is an allied country of Iran, along with those who sponsor extremely aggressive terrorist movements, such as Hezbollah and Hamas in opposition to the State of Israel.
Fernando Alcoforado Added Apr 23, 2017 - 8:48pm
Billy Roper, I agree with your comment that North Korea could attack United States bases in South Korea and that it would not be able to reach California with its alleged atomic bombs. Therefore, I believe that North Korea would also be able to reach Japan, an allied of the United States in Asia.
Fernando Alcoforado Added Apr 23, 2017 - 8:59pm
Gerry Charb, I agree with your lucid comment.