World at War — Definition
My father-in-law, born in 1926 and having studied as a lawyer, used to call the World War the “Great War”. This is the number of people worldwide who have referenced both World War I and World War II. The term world war itself predates both the world wars and some Norse poems published in the 17th century. A more accepted definition is derived from the Merriam-Webster dictionary, which defines it as “war waged by all or most of the principal nations of the world”. Coming to the word WAR. It is defined as “a state of actual armed hostilities independent of a formal declaration of war”. According to these two definitions, the question “Has World War III already started?” is the legitimate.
How many nations are in the running?
In addition to the founding NATO countries, namely Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom and United States. We have Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Greece, Germany, Poland, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.
Outside of Europe, Ukraine has great support from Japan, South Korea and Australia. This support could have been negotiated by the United States.
The Russian camp includes China, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Kyrgyzstan, and Cuba will stand alongside Russia. Despite being a major beneficiary of NATO and the United States, Turkey has a more ideological bent towards Russia, not to mention the hatred the United States enjoys among its masses.
India has maintained a position of neutrality due to its good relations with the Russian Federation and Ukraine. Azerbaijan, too, ignores any calls to rise up against Russia in this conflict.
A military-industrial complex got to work in a weapons testing ground called “Ukraine”.
united states of america
The United States has allocated $350 million through the Foreign Assistance Act. Over the past year, it has committed more than $1 billion in security assistance to Ukraine. A large shipment of Javelin anti-tank weapons and Stinger air defense missiles was reportedly delivered to Ukraine. Other armaments included anti-armour, small arms, body armor and various ammunition, not to mention US security agencies in which veterans are the fighting force who have been engaged in direct conflict with Russia. Whatever appearance this mercenary force has been given, the United States is in direct conflict with Russia. There were rumors that the Russian warship Moskva (the Russian name for Moscow) had been sunk by US marines and not Ukrainian forces.
European Union and United Kingdom
The European Union is funding the purchase and delivery of weapons after leaders agreed to transport weapons worth 450 million euros ($502 million). British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told parliament: “This will include lethal defensive weapons aid and non-lethal aid.”
France, which has already sent aid to Ukraine, is sending more military equipment and fuel. Paris said it had responded to earlier Ukrainian requests for defensive anti-aircraft and digital weapons.
The Dutch supply of 200 Stinger air defense missiles and “Panzerfaust 3” anti-tank weapons significantly dented the Russian offensive. The Dutch and the United States will soon deploy the Patriot air defense system. The deployment may not be on Ukrainian soil but may engage targets flying over it.
Germany had a long-standing policy of banning arms exports to a conflict zone. All of these policies went out the window and they provided 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger SAMs. This reversal of policy reminded me of Chamberlin’s return from Germany. He came with a paper to declare to his population that he had avoided war; he did not realize that the agreement had been revoked as he flew to England.
Whatever their older brother and the knight in shining armor, the United States, does, Ottawa will follow. Canada is sending arms worth half a billion Canadian dollars ($394 million) to Ukraine.
Sweden, Norway and Denmark
Stockholm Syndrome has also infected Stockholm. It broke from its historic neutral position to send 5,000 anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, with Denmark supplying another 2,700. Norway sends helmets, body armor and up to 2,000 M72 anti-tank weapons.
Finland was supposed to be neutral; they too threw this paper that said “Neutral” out the window. One thousand five hundred rocket launchers, 2,500 assault rifles, 150,000 cartridges and 70,000 field ration packets were hastily sent to Ukraine.
Belgium had no use for its additional 3,000 automatic rifles and 200 anti-tank weapons, and 3,800 tons of fuel. They packed everything up and sent it to Ukraine.
Night vision goggles, body armor, helmets, grenades, ammunition and G3 automatic rifles from Portugal were a boon to the non-existent Ukrainian infantry. To use them, many countries sent mercenaries.
Greece, economically, is at the forefront. He can’t solve his crisis, much less help anyone. Greece has a large diaspora community in Ukraine, so people passed their hats and sent military aid to Ukraine.
Romania sends fuel, bulletproof vests, helmets and other “weapons worth 3.3 million dollars, not to mention the treatment of the wounded in their hospitals.
The 1,370 Spanish grenade launchers, 700,000 ammunition and light automatic weapons replace the dwindling consumables.
Prague sent 4,000 mortars, 30,000 pistols, 7,000 assault rifles, 3,000 machine guns, many sniper rifles and one million bullets and $1.6 million.
Sixteen million euros of small arms and bulletproof vests are the contribution of this small nation.
Poland’s donation of 200 Russian T-72 (Irony) tanks will be a boost to Ukraine.
The latest package will bring Australia’s total military aid to $191.5 million. This includes armored vehicles, GPS systems, communication systems, and Bushmaster vehicles (something like a Humvee).
South Korea’s package includes body armor, helmets, medicine and dry rations worth 2 billion won ($1.6 million).
Tokyo plans to send Self-Defense Force drones and chemical weapons protection equipment.
Is the world at war?
Definitions aside, if Russia is attacked by other European nations, the United States will join in the fun. As if it happened after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Russian-Ukrainian war will no longer be a bilateral conflict. An armed conflict will ensue, which will most certainly consume all of Europe and the North American region. From Asia you would have South Korea and Japan supporting it with weapons and probably soldiers. Australia, most certainly, will jump into this war with all her might.
China has a long-standing relationship with Russia; both ideologically and economically they are linked. If China directly supports Russia, the global economy will collapse. The world will truly see a Third World War. No one knows when to press the nuclear button. When that happens, it will be Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) and the end of the world as we know it.
In all of this, the contribution of the UN, mandated to prevent such an event, remains to be seen. If the UN had been structured/restructured to respond to post-WWII scenarios, we would not have had such a conflict. After this conflict, we will probably see a restructuring of the United Nations. How long will it take? What will the new structure be? Can anyone guess.
Until then, fingers crossed.
The author is Group Captain (retd), Fighter Pilot, MiG-21, Mirage-2000. He is a qualified flight instructor and an aviation accident investigator appointed by the DGCA. Vineet Maliakal is COO, AutoMicroUAS. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not represent the position of this publication.
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