by James Corbett
Here's a question for you:
If these are the criteria, then that means we're at war right now.
Yes, by all of those metrics, we're at war.
But no one is calling it war. Why not...?
Surely that's war, right...?
The truth is that the world is at war now. And that war is World War III...
The difference is that no one (as yet) understands the nature of this war, who its combatants are, and what the objective of those waging it really is.
I know you're incredulous, so allow me to explain.
For decades now, the war metaphor has been used by politicians to drum up support for their policy proposals.
Whenever a US President wants to declare a war on an abstract noun,
...we know what to expect:
But this "war on coronavirus" is different.
But just as World War I - with its machine guns and no man's land and unimaginable casualties - was utterly unlike any war that anyone had seen before, and just as World War II - with its tanks and bombers and submarine warfare and atomic bombs and targeting of civilians - was unlike any war that anyone had seen before, so, too, is World War III going to be utterly unlike any war that anyone has seen before...
This time around, the world war is taking the form of a hybrid war.
"Hybrid warfare" is a term that has come into vogue among military strategists in recent decades to describe a type of irregular warfare that combines conventional (guns and bombs on battlefields) warfare with a number of other methods of attack:
At a first order of analysis, it wouldn't be difficult to characterize the current relations between the US and China as hybrid warfare.
In fact, this is exactly what the always-perceptive Pepe Escobar does in his analysis of the latest moves on the geopolitical chessboard, "China Locked in Hybrid War with US."
As Escobar notes:
Escobar goes on to point out that Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian's recent (and very public) insinuation that it was the,
...represents not just a breach of diplomatic protocol, but the language of a belligerent in a time of war.
Given the incredibly large question marks surrounding every aspect of this current pandemic, the suggestion that the novel coronavirus is actually from Fort Detrick (below video) is hardly outlandish:
But keep in mind that it's not some online conspiracy realist giving credence to this idea, it's an actual representative of the Chinese government.
While Chinese government spokesmen are raising the specter that coronavirus is Made in the USA™, the Trump administration is going out of its way to rebrand SARS-Cov-2 as "the Chinese virus."
As anyone who has spent any time online in the last few weeks has noticed, the fluoride-addled, MSM-addicted portion of the American public have been energized by this anti-Chinese rhetoric and the Chinese have replaced the Russians as the bogeyman du jour in the minds of the easily-spooked normies.
Escobar concludes his report by forwarding the possibility that this entire coronavirus crisis is a,
The pressing question, he contends, is:
Given the broader context of the American-Chinese conflict that - as I have repeatedly contended - is being set up to be the defining struggle of the 21st century, Escobar's analysis is plausible enough.
But, as I have also repeatedly contended, this century-defining Great Powers struggle between China and the US is (just like the Cold War of the 20th century) a stage-managed, manipulated and, ultimately, phony conflict.
If this hybrid war truly is World War III, then we have to make a very basic determination:
So, let's take a look.
But who is being targeted in all of this? Citizen journalists and conspiracy realists.
Political destabilization campaigns are being waged... but it's the Democratic Party who's been caught out rigging their own primaries and the establishment press trying to undermine political decisions made by referenda and the academic establishment rallying opposition against democratically (s)elected governments in the supposedly "free" world.
And whereas just a few months ago, protests and demonstrations were so pervasive all around the globe, now country after country are declaring gatherings of more than 10 people to be illegal.
Time and time again, we find that the war that is being waged is,
This is the true nature of World War III.
Oh, sure, there are the 2D chess manifestations of this, the geopolitical wrangling and the nation state warring that is playing out at the same time.
This is why the Chinese model - one of complete, all-pervasive Big Brother surveillance and technocratic lockdown of society - is denounced by the "leaders" of the "free world" at the same time as they openly yearn for those same powers at home.
Yes, folks, whether you know it or not, World War III has already begun... And in the eyes of those waging that war, you are an enemy combatant.
The only question that matters is: