Let’s get this out of the way first, I am not a fear monger. With that being said, the recent escalation of rhetoric from top United States military brass, and Russian counterparts warning of a potential conflict with us makes me reconsider the possibility of an actual full-scale war with Russia and the staggering consequences of said war.
At the current writing of this article, popular russian news site RT has competing articles detailing both the US army chief’s statements, and Russia’s bolstering of defenses in Syria in preparation for a showdown with the states. Army chief Mark Milley is quoted as saying “we will beat you harder than you’ve ever been beaten before.” and, “Other countries – Russia, China, Iran, North Korea – went to school on us. They closely watched how we fought in ’91 and ’03. They studied our doctrine, our tactics, our equipment, our organization and our training and our leadership and in turn they revised their own doctrines and they are rapidly modernizing their military today to avoid our strengths and hopes of defeating us at some point in the future,”. An incendiary statement by any standard.
In response to the chief’s rhetoric, the russian military has cautioned the US against any military action against itself or personnel of the Syrian army. The ministry of defense states that media leaks in the west have identified provocations are being pushed by US intelligence representatives. They have also stated that there are several anti-aircraft missile systems in place in Syria that are used in the defense of Russian and Syrian positions in the country, and will be used on any opposing aircraft conducting strikes in its territory. A US coalition air strike on September 17th is blamed for the deaths of 83 Syrian servicemen and Russia has made it clear that future air strikes in Syrian and Russian-controlled areas will be seen as a clear threat to its servicemen.
A war between two of the world’s most powerful military nations would have massive casualties and affect populations across the globe. Especially with the United States having military ties and presence in nearly every nation around Russia. Equally Russia being backed into a corner may cause a military lashing-out in response to increased western aggression, and poor Syria would soon be a shell-ridden wasteland after hosting such an epic military showdown.
It only makes sense that citizens in both the United States and Russian should not take the situation in Syria lightly as a conventional war between the two superpowers would easily suck in the rest of the developed world. For that fact, world leaders across the globe should be doing everything they can to ease tensions between the three nations as world war 3 could very well be the last world war with nuclear nations mixing it up. You can’t surely expect either side to keep their hands off the button when the bombs start dropping at home do you?