In this Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 traditional Russian wooden dolls called Matryoshka depicting US President Donald Trump, centre left and Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale at a souvenir street shop in St.Petersburg, Russia.The Kremlin refrained from comment Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 on the appointment of the new U.S. national security adviser Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, but one lawmaker said he was likely to take a hawkish stance toward Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Will World War III Begin in Syria?

For most of my life, I’ve assumed that I would die before the world ceased to exist. I’ve even gone to the trouble of planning my own funeral, even though I hope it won’t be necessary to use those plans for another forty years or so. I’ve worked from this assumption for two reasons: first, it seemed like hubris to believe the world might end with my death. Second, the obvious consequences of a nuclear war seemed to be a powerful enough deterrent to prevent a mass extinction caused by humans. After all, the world has seen the horrors and the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, hasn’t it? Mutually assured destruction would inevitably be the result of any nuclear war. Therefore, sanity ought to prevail, right?

Unfortunately, the dictator of North Korea has earned the nickname “Rocketman” for a reason — he continues to test ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons while threatening to use them on Guam, Japan, or California, depending on the hour and day.

And now, it seems that the United States could be on the brink of war with Russia, which would almost certainly have devastating consequences. Please forgive me for the negative thoughts, but I’m not quite as sure as I used to be that sanity will ultimately prevail.

Radio Free Europe recently reported that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has blamed the United States for the death of Lieutenant General Valery Asapov, saying:

The death of the Russian commander is the price, the bloody price for the two-faced American policy in Syria. The American side declares that it is interested in the elimination of [ISIS]…but some of its actions show it is doing the opposite, and that some political and geopolitical goals are more important for Washington.

The U.S. provides military aid and advice to Kurdish militia, while Russia supports the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Both the Kurds and the Syrian government are fighting against ISIS, but the two sides often fight against each other as well. The whole situation over there is a giant mess. Two of the world’s strongest armies don’t need to be opposing each other while both North Korea and ISIS remain a serious threat to civilization. Save it for later.

This situation calls for international diplomacy, but insinuations and accusations by Democrat Party leaders, implying that Russian interference in the most recent presidential election allowed Donald Trump to win, mean that Rex Tillerson will have to earn every penny of his salary to prevent World War III from starting in the Middle East — more or less where the Bible suggests the battle of Armageddon will be fought. A full-blown nuclear war will make all of our current disagreements seem petty by comparison.

Even so, the American media has been distracted by the protests of millionaire football players, kneeling in support of the false claims perpetuated by the Black Lives Matter movement — specifically the lie that unarmed young black men are at greater risk of being shot and killed by a white police officer than they have of being murdered by a criminal.

Or killed a crazy dictator with nuclear bomb. Statistics don’t lie, but people often do.

About the author

John Leonard

John lives in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, GA with his wife Lisa, two dogs and an antisocial cat.

His detective novels are published under the pseudonym Rocky Leonard, while his nonfiction writings may be found here at The Resurgent, or his personal website, depending on the subject.

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