Only America and Israel are really fighting this war. Britain and Australia are also in the fight, but public opinion is running low on fighting a long war. Nations like Japan may step up their preparedness, in their own national interest, but will that be too late?
What if this is World War III or IV? How will this struggle end? On paper, conditions might seem fairly desperate. Only America and Israel are really fighting this war. Britain and Australia are also in the fight, but public opinion is running low on fighting a long war. Nations like Japan may step up their preparedness, in their own national interest, but will that be too late? We all know what thermonuclear weapons can do and we all know that both the Islamic world and the surreal totalitarian world of North Korea are full of suicidal warriors. China is fast becoming an economic superpower, so the assurance that America can simply out-produce any enemy in a long global war no longer applies. Would we win another world war? Yes, we would. There are several crucial facts which insure that America would win any very hot world war, should events tragically descend to that level.
First, in a worst case scenario – nuclear Armageddon – the only military force in the entire world which would survive and be able to continue fighting would be the United States Navy. This was always a reassuring fact of the Cold War. Our naval vessels are built to withstand all but a direct nuclear hit. They travel at fast speeds in unpredictable directions all over the oceans of the world. The ships are largely self-contained, and nuclear vessels can operate for years with the only re-supply food, if the ships are not fighting much. Moreover, the United States Navy, after a nuclear Armageddon, could assure that no force invaded America and that no force could move anywhere except by our will. This is cold comfort when thinking about American cities in cinders, but America is much more than just cities. The United States Navy is vastly more powerful than all the other fleets in the world, and it assures that America is unconquerable.
Second, in a hot, but non-Armageddon, war, it is unthinkable that European nations would actually fight against America. Their forces are too weak, too integrated with existing American forces in Europe, and too dependent upon America parts and munitions, in addition to being bound by treaty to us. Poland and other East European nations would be sympathetic to America in any real war. But beyond that, we would have two powerful new allies in any conventional world war: Japan and India. Japan is the third largest economy in the world and as technologically advanced as any nation. It also is a functioning, free democracy that wants no part in a dangerous, tyrannical world. India is growing fast and wants its place in the sun, without resurgent anti-Hindu Moslem extremists overrunning it.
Third, democracies begin slow but grow stronger over time in war. Our enemies are truly divided. No nation wants Iran to rule the global oil supplies except Iran. China has no long term interest in a unified Communist Korea that dominates Japan. Cannibals – and we are fighting cannibals – ultimately eat each other. In the Second World War, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany were allies for two years, then enemies. Fascist Italy, in the middle of the war, switched sides and declared war on Nazi Germany. Democracies, by contrast, grow closer in such wars because their common interest, peace, becomes clearer and more important as the rivers of blood grow.
Fourth, America is the most experienced fighting force in the world by huge margin. Actual live combat experience, which the American military has gained in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, increases the capability of our military much more than the strength of our forces appear on paper. Add to that the fact that our military is entirely volunteer (even the Israeli Defense Force is not entirely volunteer), and our nation has the most battle tested military, perhaps, in human history with the highest morale of any military force in human history.
Do we want to be in World War III or World War IV? No, of course not. Only a fool embraces world war. But if we are in another world war, will America win that war? The answer to that question is a resounding “Yes!” So let us plan and worry and think and watch – all that is good – but let us not, at any time, lose heart. If we are in a world war, it is one America will win.
Bruce Walker has been a published author in print and in electronic media since 1990. He is a regular contributor to WebCommentary, Conservative Truth, American Daily, Enter Stage Right, Intellectual Conservative, NewsByUs and MenŐs News Daily. His first book, Sinisterism: Secular Religion of the Lie by Outskirts Press was published in January 2006.