Conflicts around the world suggest World War III has begun

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We find ourselves in a Third World War, though no one I know calls it that. It stretches from Tunisia in northwest Africa to India. It is largely a war between conservatively reactionary young Muslim men and persons espousing the culture of the secular West. In some instances this war is between such Muslims and Christians and Jews.

But am I being too simplistic? From Syria to Pakistan, it has also become a war between Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims.

From Afghanistan to India it is between men and women. Rape, flogging and mutilation separate conservatively reactionary men and their cowed women from more secular Western women.

There are wars in Nigeria, Sudan, Congo and Kenya/​Somalia.

There’s the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas’ Gaza strip. The “score” is hundreds versus dozens of people killed.

Russian Ukraine separatists shot down Malaysian Flight 17. Two hundred and ninety-eight Dutch, Malaysian and other civilians on board were killed.

Fleeing drug wars between the “have” drug lords and the “have-not” innocent children, these same children are dying to get into our southern United States.

Can President Barack Obama solve these conflicts? Can Superman? Can we? But shouldn’t we try? Caring is a good first step. Then what? Support dialogue. Join the Peace Corps. Support our soldiers while they remain in harm’s way and protect innocent women.

Am I still being too simplistic?

CLINT VAN DUSEN
Shadyside


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