World War III  

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Dog: "WW3, hot and cold, lasted from June 1950 to March 1983. When the Vatican armistice was signed between the Eastern and Western blocs, a total of 33 years. [...] Now World War 4 lasted 5 days, just long enough for the final missiles to leave their silos on both sides."-- A Boy and His Dog (1975)

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World War III (abbreviated WWIII), or the Third World War, is a term used to describe a hypothetical global war waged on or above the scale of World War I or World War II.


Extended usage of the term

Cold War

Norman Podhoretz has suggested that the Cold War can be identified as World War III because it was fought, although by proxy, on a global scale, involving the United States, NATO, the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact countries. Similarly, Eliot Cohen, the director of strategic studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, declared, in The Wall Street Journal, that he considers World War III to be history, writing: "The Cold War was World War III, which reminds us that not all global conflicts entail the movement of multi-million-man armies, or conventional front lines on a map." On the 24 May 2011 edition of CNBC's Kudlow and Company, host Lawrence Kudlow, discussing a book by former deputy Under-Secretary of Defense Jed Babbin, accepted the view of the Cold War as World War III, adding, "World War IV is the terror war, and war with China would be World War V." However, not everyone accepts this definition of the Cold War as World War III. In his book Secret Weapons of the Cold War, Bill Yenne contends that "[the Cold War] was what occurred between the two 'Superpowers' – the United States and the Soviet Union – in lieu of World War III."

War on ISIL

On 1 February 2015, Iraq's Prime Minister declared that the War on ISIL was effectively "World War III", due to ISIS' declaration of a Worldwide Caliphate, its aims to conquer the world, and its success in spreading the conflict to multiple countries outside of the Levant region.

In response to the November 2015 Paris attacks, King of Jordan Abdullah II said "We are facing a Third World War" within Islam. Pope Francis of Vatican City is quoted as saying there was "piecemeal World War III.".

In his State of the Union Address on 12 January 2016, US president Barack Obama countered: "as we focus on destroying ISIL, over-the-top claims that this is World War III just play into their hands. Masses of fighters on the back of pickup trucks and twisted souls plotting in apartments or garages pose an enormous danger to civilians and must be stopped. But they do not threaten our national existence."

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