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Thinking that the human society has matured enough to avoid war?
Cold War 2.0 is looming large. Syrian Civil War is stretching to its 8th war. The Middle East and Central Asia are becoming more volatile. China’s dispute with Japan. And, Russia’s approach toward Balkan states. All these scenarios echo one question: “Is the world on the verge of World War III?”
The true cause of conflict lies in the unfettered proliferation of greed, hatred, and idiocy. Though the situations that lead nations to be locked in conflict often seem to revolve around the interests of a few. The only way by which you can discern the conflict from the one erupting between two persons is that they happen on a grand scale.
And, the two countries that have a say in all those conflicts are Russia and the USA. From time to time, these two countries appear in heated discussions on resolving conflict or causing conflict. Seriously which is more evil? And, why do they become involved in other nations’ conflict? What do they stand to gain? I tried to answer these questions in this article. Keep reading to find out.
The major sources of all the conflicts and wars can be traced back to the interests of Russia and USA. If Russia is interfering, at times causing conflict to protect their interests, the US is getting involved and vice versa.
Quick Facts on USA’s Aggression
- The US has been at war 93% of its existence time — 222 out of 239 years (1776-2011).
- The US is continuing its “War on Terror” in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen.
- The US has never lasted a decade without war.
- The US is involved in supplying weapons, aircraft, and finances to several extremist groups all across the globe.
- No US President has really worked for world peace.
- The US overthrew many legitimate governments across the world and installed puppet regimes.
- The US has a long track record of continuing aggression toward China. It’s involved in an outright cyber war against China and has been rendering support to China’s rivals to flank it. In Africa, the US is espousing neocolonialist policies, arming and financing extremist groups and undermining the social and economic development of North Africa.
- As of September 2016, the US deployed 1,367 nuclear warheads on 681 ICBMs and SLBMs.
- Under President Trump, the US is looking to boost its nuclear arsenal and military power.
- President Trump tweeted on nuclear weapons in December 2016, “Let it be an arms race.”
- 2014 Gallup International Poll finds the US #1 threat to world peace.
Quick Facts on Russia’s Aggression
- Russia continued its aggression toward Ukraine by deploying 55,000 troops at the Russia-Ukraine border in August 2016.
- In 2014, Russia led a hybrid warfare invasion and annexed Ukraine’s the Crimean Peninsula.
- Since 2014, Russia increased its military aggression against NATO allies across Eastern Europe.
- During the recent US National Election, it is alleged that Russia led cyber warfare attacks on the electoral processes to aid Donald Trump in winning the Presidency.
- Putin sought to boost Russia’s nuclear arsenal with 40 missiles.
- In May 2016, Russian Defense Minister announced that Russia will divide its military power into 3 divisions. Each division will comprise 10,000 troops and will be deployed on Russia’s southern and western frontiers.
- As of September 2016, Russia deployed 1,796 strategic warheads on 508 ICBMs and SLBMs.
Bottom Line – the comparison listed above shows that the US’ staggering history of bombing, destabilizing, threatening, overthrowing of legitimate governments eclipsed Russia’s by a landslide. At times, the world police, the US poses the gravest threat to world peace.