It has been many decades since World War II, and there are some out there who believe World War III is just around the corner. And to be honest, it isn’t that far of a reach. It seems that in the modern day, if you turn on any news channel, you are simply bombarded with bad news for the entire day. Whether it’s highly-publicized shootings in major cities or foreign conflicts seemingly spiraling out of control, you get the sense that tensions are running hot and the entire world is at the cusp of its boiling point.
Here are 12 of the biggest reasons experts are saying we’re closer to World War III than you think. We’re looking at old conflicts renewed and classic resource struggles, like what you’ll see in #2.
#12 War Is Always On The Horizon
Ever since the Cold War, it has been said that World War III is getting closer than ever. While this is by no means a guarantee, you can see how it could happen. The superpowers in the world such as the USA, Russia, and China are all flexing their muscles and things could break out at any time.
#11 The Cause Of War
Due to various ideological and resource conflicts, the Middle East is always a hotbed for extreme violence and regime changes. Conflicts in this region stepped up in the 1990s and have continued in the modern day, and there’s no sign of anything slowing down. The world is dependent on the Middle East’s oil reserves and everyone in the area is striving to control more of this essential resource.
#10 Rising Oil Prices
Unfortunately, this demand and competition for this oil has only made things worse. Oil prices have risen a dramatically over the last few decades and demand shows no sign of slowing down. Thousands and thousands of people have died as a result of the battle for control over oil fields.
#9 Arctic Oil
It’s not only the Middle East that has an abundance of oil. So does the Arctic. The USA currently produces the most oil from these Arctic sources, with Russia nipping at their heels. With these two being the top two superpowers in the world, things are getting pretty heated in the fight for oil.
#8 USA vs. Russia
The USA and Russia have been hot/cold for decades, and rarely find common ground. The Cold War has been the most obvious example, but the USA has voiced disapproval over Russia’s aggression in recent years as well. In particular, their intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts has been a point of contention, with some experts predicting heightened conflict between the USA and Russia in years to come.