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Have we sleepwalked into World War 3?

Has it already started without us noticing?

In a blur of the mass hypnosis of the X Factor modern world. A world where celebrities gurn and world leaders dance the modern dance and the gods have been perverted, have we arrived at the end game without anyone’s permission?

Random terrorism, a mass refugee crisis, out of control, insane, idealogical zealots with sophisticated and deadly weapons, old nation states with their war machines polished and ready to go and a fractured and a desperate world economy – have we stumbled into a world war without even realising it?

It’s like the phoney war in 1914 before the bloodbath in the trenches, but it’s being played out with an exaggerated insanity and at a fast forward, helter-skelter speed that means that we have entered World War Three without even noticing. Not so much a New World Order but a new world war that was rumbling in the distance but is now coming towards us. Fast.

Mass media has always been a series of flash bomb images and chaos and a collage of the images of war, but in the past few years it’s been getting faster and weirder and blood has become the modern currency. In the blur of modern culture the flicker of the new war is just another blip in our frazzled minds. There is war all over the Middle East and the scars of collapsed empires are opening up again with the ugly pus and ideological stain of war spilling out along all manner of fault lines. World War 3 has started without anyone noticing and the end game of middle east collapse, Russian and American posturing like gnarled wrestlers, religious insanity, political double speak and psychopaths with brinkmanship agendas is being played out in the fragile and deadly Middle East.

Every day the news gets uglier  and the world gets meaner.

Syria is a cesspit of hatred and madness as a government bombs its own people and Islamic State controls large swathes of land with its nervous breakdown psycho narratives whilst the West is paralysed with its own shifting agendas of oil and influence. America and Russia are suspicious of each other whilst Turkey is embroiled in a stand off with the Kurds.

Meanwhile Islamic State proliferates whilst the big boys are arguing. It’s a tinderbox of dynamite, confusion and madness and it’s getting worse every day. Russia is now encroaching, protecting its oil, America is getting edgy and ISIS have their own big agenda. It reads like a 21st century, sci-fi, Terminator take on the pre-First World War stench and dust of decayed empire being played out in the then tinderbox of that century – the Balkans.

I guess there was always going to be a point where the rampant ideologies were going to clash instead of grating and it could be that we are at that point. Have we stepped over the mark? Are we are in World War Three? Only the history of the future will see the line we went over whilst we were sleepwalking.

Couldn’t get any worse could it? Safe hands needed – Donald Trump?

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. Indeed it has. Nostradamus foretold the rising in the east that would end the world as we know it. Whilst many people ignore the current crisis its blatantly obvious that like every one of his other predictions over the last hundred years we are destined to look the other way while greed, evil & fanatical maniacs gain power! We need to acknowledge the fact the sword is drawn & the maniacs are gaining power, where would the world be if the Nazi’s hadn’t been defeated ? Dare we even consider that thought? Our apathy & disjointed approach will ultimately be the undoing of mankind. None of us care enough to make a stand. But in answer to the question, yes, the third war has started & the end will be the end of the world as we know it. Can we do anything about it? No. Cos we just don’t care enough !

  2. I for one hope you are wrong sue, becaus it is frightening how many will perish if ww3 has started. If any one of the men in control get an itchy finger god help us all. I dont thnk there will be many survivors.


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