I spent most of today traveling and unaware of events, so when my son piped up with the merry question “Are you read for World War 3?” I answered with a glib, “is it really scheduled for tomorrow? Good thing I didn’t bother with that haircut.”
Then I read the news. Cut the jokes; the downing of a passenger plane with a missile is serious and seriously complicated. 298 people are dead from an unknown but presumably large number of countries. The Ukraine, Malaysia, Russia are directly involved, a civil war is raging and the United States is talking about doing something. Is my son right? Does an incident like this spark a world war, pulling in nations that are tied to yet more nations with bonds of alliance? Epoch Times thinks so, but then again Epoch Times has also proclaimed that accupuncture is “proven”, that astronauts know about UFOs and that the dead are trying to place phone calls. David Ignatius at the Washington Post, on the other hand, suggests that the massive loss of life may spark a retreat from armed conflict.
What do you think happens next?