Is WW III Inevitable?
by Stephen Lendman
Has global war 3.0 already begun unannounced?
After reaching peak power and influence post-WW II, hegemon USA has been declining.
Offshored to low-wage countries, its once mighty industrial base no longer exists.
China, Russia and India have been growing in prominence on the world stage as hegemon USA and European vassal states decline.
Instead of industrial goods, the US mainly produces debt and wars on invented enemies.
According to analyst Jeff Thomas, "the last play of a dying empire (is launching a) major war…to buy time."
At this time, China-led Asia is rising.
Non-Western countries like oil-rich Saudi Arabia are increasingly trading with Asian nations at the expense of the empire of lies and forever wars.
By allying with hegemon USA's war on Russia by hot and other means, Britain and EU nations are in economic decline, what appears irreversible as long as they continue their self-destructive course.
Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) once said the following:
"There is no means of avoiding a final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion."
"The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as a result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved."
Over a decade ago, economist Michael Hudson explained the following:
"The (US) economy reached its debt limit and is entering its insolvency phase."
"We are not in a cycle but (at) the end of an era."
"The old world of debt pyramiding to a fraudulent degree cannot be restored," only delayed to postpone a painful day of reckoning.
Economist Hyman Minsky (1919 - 1996) slammed what he called "Ponzi finance."
And this from Russian academic, Igor Panarin, years earlier, saying:
US/Western "economic and moral collapse" is inevitable.
He compared the US to the Titanic after hitting an iceberg.
Political scientist, Emmanuel Todd predicted Soviet Russia's dissolution in 1976.
In his 2002 book, titled: "After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order," he noted the following:
US militarism and forever wars show weakness, not strength.
America is parasitic, relying on voluntary or extracted "tributes" from exploited states.
Global terrorism is perpetrated by the US in pursuit of its imperial aims.
China, Russia, India and other nations reject US adventurism.
It reflects terminal corruption, decay and eventual demise.
The US relies on debt, consumption and imports with its industrial base relocated offshore.
If debt expansion and capital inflows cease, the dollar is doomed as the world's reserve currency.
Before the euro became official EU currency on January 1, 1999, British economist Bernard Connolly called the combination of dissimilar countries under one monetary/fiscal system a harebrained idea doomed to fail, saying:
The scheme combines "duplicity, skullduggery, conflict (and) economic harm" to nations under the control of Brussels.
"(I)ncreasing globalization of economic activity and mobility of production has been purposely implemented in such a way as to render already destroyed 'nation-state(s)' meaningless entit(ies) in economic terms."
Days earlier, Jeff Thomas said the following:
"The EU is already on the ropes."
"It was a misconceived experiment from the start and has now begun to splinter."
"Although no major breakup has begun, the rot is already beyond any possible salvage, and the dictates of Brussels are encountering refusals by some member countries."
It's just a matter of time before the ill-conceived project dissolves.
It erringly hitched its wagon to the empire of lies and forever wars on invented enemies.
And by so doing, hastened its demise.
Most EU nations are NATO members.
Austria, Cyprus, Ireland, Malta, Finland and Sweden are exceptions to the rule — the latter two countries in process of joining the war-making alliance.
On Monday, NATO's Parliamentary Assembly adopted a nonbinding resolution.
In support of Ukrainian Nazis, representatives of its member regimes falsely called Russia a "terrorist" state (sic), adding:
The pro-war/anti-peace alliance should "accelerat(e) deliveries of weapons…for as long as it takes for Ukrain(ian) (Nazis) to prevail."
While the resolution is unrelated to NATO policy, a state of war exists between the alliance for perpetual war-making and nonthreatening Russia.
The empire of lies and forever wars is militantly hostile toward nations free from its hegemonic control.
While unlikely, the risk of possible nuclear war is greater today than ever before throughout the post-WW II period.
Thomas believes that the only remaining option for the empire of lies is major war, adding:
"(L)ike a cornered rat, it will make a last attempt to take down as many others as it can on its way out."
"That should give us pause."
"Those who wish to avoid becoming collateral damage as the behemoth falls would be advised to extricate themselves, economically and even geographically, from the dying empire."
Instead of breaking with hegemon USA in their own self-interest, Western regimes seem hellbent to sink aboard the USS Titanic.