The Russian Invasion Of Ukraine Could Be The Start Of WW3 Or The Second Cold War

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has led many to speculate that we're entering a new Cold War at best and WW3 at worst.

The Cold War lasted from 1948-1991, and it was marred with proxy wars across South America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa during the decline of empires and the rise of independence movements in the 1950's and 1960's.

The Soviets backed coups and revolutions in Rhodesia, Libya, Angola, Mozambique, Egypt, Nigeria, Vietnam, China, and Afghanistan.

The US and NATO backed coups and revolutions in Nicaragua, South Vietnam, Chile, Zaire, and Iraq.

This era of proxy wars was thought to be over after the USSR disintegrated in December of 1991, but the recent wars in Syria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Georgia, and now Ukraine say otherwise.

Ukraine is backed by NATO with guns, tanks, planes, and famously javelin missiles being sent to aid Volodymyr Zelensky in defending his country from the Russian advance.

The Russians have been arming the separatists in the Donbas region since the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol in 2014.

President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and many of the leaders in NATO countries aiding Ukraine are reluctant to put boots on the ground and give Zelensky the no fly zone he's been asking for since the invasion started.

They've all voiced their concerns that if their soldiers entered Ukraine and engaged the Russians, Belarusians, and Separatists invading Ukraine would give Vladimir Putin and Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko the justification to declare the war on NATO they've always wanted.

To many the idea of WW3 is a nuclear holocaust that destroys all life in a flash, with some survivors in bunkers and bomb shelters.

Though some have theorized that WW3 like WW1 and WW2 would consist of conventional warfare and mutually assured destruction (MAD) wont happen.

The only way to know for sure is to see how the war in Ukraine plays out and hope that it wont escalate to WW3 or a second Cold War, but that truly is a tall order.

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