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Top 5 Signs WWIII Has Already Started

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Cassandra Kalley

For this list, we’ll be looking at some of the most foreboding signals, events and trends to suggest that a major war may be on the horizon - as well as conflicts that could quickly grow to encompass numerous countries.

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Get your bomb shelters ready! Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today, we’re counting down our picks for the Top Five Signs World War III Has Already Started.

For this list, we’ll be looking at some of the most foreboding signals, events and trends to suggest that a major war may be on the horizon - as well as conflicts that could quickly grow to encompass numerous countries.

#5: Cyberhacking

What if the third world war is not about bombs or a show of physical strength? What if World War Three is happening right under our fingertips? Consider the multi-nation controversy around the film “The Interview”. Consider the alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Consider... cyber-warfare. Fights on Twitter or other social media platforms between countries’ leaders could lead to one government hacking another. That, in turn, could lead to cyberattacks, hacks and tampering with election results - causing internal conflict within the hacked country. If this sounds impossible to you, think about how many times different countries have been accused of hacking in the past couple of years.

#4: Sunnis vs. Shiites [aka Shi’a]

The conflict between the Sunni and Shia Muslims is one agnostics and atheists might find difficult to understand. But when two groups have strongly held beliefs that contradict one another, heated discussions abound. And those discussions can lead to deep-seated hatred, which, in turn, can evolve into physical violence. Add politics, and the fact that many of these conflicts are being fought over oil-rich lands and you get explosive results. The need for fossil fuels also draws outside powers into the mix, with countries throwing their weight behind these groups. That’s one way to pull the entire world into a war.

#3: Jerusalem Conflict

Similar to the Sunni-Shia conflict, this battle has been fought over many generations. Of course, it was out of the ashes of World War II that this conflict arguably began, with the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel occurring in 1948, which brought with it the almost immediate start of the Arab-Israeli War. At the center of this ongoing conflict, is the city of Jerusalem, held sacred by not one, but three world religions. Though this conflict has felt like a seed of World War III since its very beginning, US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy there certainly complicates matters.

#2: ISIS & Other Terrorist Groups

The continued Sunni-Shia conflict has not only caused problems within the middle east, but also given birth to independent, unrelated splinter groups of zealots, known to the rest of the world as terrorists. Since at least 2001, these groups have been causing problems in many other countries as well. Through their acts of international terror, groups such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda have created widespread fear, anxiety, and ultimately anger - with each country blaming the next for backing these terrorist groups. Because of this, the world has arguably been at war since 9/11, if not even earlier!

#1: Trump vs. Kim Jong-un

Many say Trump started it. Many say Kim Jong-un did. The two leaders threatened each other on Twitter and in public speeches, claiming to “handle” each other or to make the other “pay dearly.” The name-calling, like “Little Rocket Man” and “Dotard”, is what really got the media and public abuzz. In January 2018, Trump tweeted that his “nuclear button… is much bigger & more powerful than [Kim Jong-un’s].” These schoolyard taunts might seem amusing and worthy of an eye roll when it’s all on Twitter. However, it is brought into sharp focus when considering that these men truly do have nuclear buttons and both seem all too willing to push them.
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