I registered to take the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Exam in April and I am really excited about it. The website had a guide you could download and the preview questions were all in areas that I have some substantive knowledge: U.S. History, World History, World Geography, U.S. political structure, global politics and I have experience living abroad in Africa with fairly decent experience speaking French. This could be my dream job finally come around. If I am accepted to become an officer then we would be living abroad for roughly the next 20 years!! SWEET!!! Plus, I would shift posts every 2-4 years so we would get to see most of the world I would imagine. Anyway, this is really a GREAT opportunity so I'll be asking for your prayers, energy, meditation and thoughts when the test date approaches. Anyway, it is in such a light that I have been thinking about heavy issues such a possible World War III. So if you do not wish to hear me go on about a possible World War III then I suggest you stop reading now.
Yes, I am afraid that World War III might have been kicked off by our invasion of Iraq. For one, we obviously picked the wrong country. Iran and North Korea have proven to be far more dangerous then the old Iraq. However, whether we should have invaded Iraq is now a moot point. We are there and we have to make a success out of it or the entire region may crumble into a vast war. Although, this regional war may come about whether we stay in Iraq or not.
Iran looks like they are making nuclear missiles (if they do not already have them). If we launch a pre-emptive strike with Iran then we immediately have a regional war on our hands but if we do not launch a strike to destroy their nuclear sites then we run the risk of an Iran with nuclear weapons. Now, if we hit Iran when they DO have nukes then they will for sure launch one or two of their missiles at Israel and/or southern Europe which would be the opening salvo to World War III.
Then there's North Korea. They have officially let the "cat out of the bag" and announced that they do indeed have nuclear weapons. The worst part, however, is that they have officially pulled out of the so-called "six party talks" in favor of bilateral negotiations with the United States. This would not be such a dangerous move but the Bush administration has in turn flat out rejected having bilateral talks with the North Koreans. This does not leave much room within to negotiate. It puts both sides into territory where there remains little diplomatic solutions.
On the N. Korean front it appears that we are on a collision course to war but here we would have a definite nuclear war whereas with Iran they seem to still be in the "development" stage of a nuclear program. The North Koreans have missiles that can hit South Korea, Japan and most of the entire western coast of the United States. An invasion of the north or a bombing raid on their nuclear sites would also trigger WWIII. Obviously the situation could be tempered somewhat if we would just enter into bilateral talks with the north and see what they want at least. This position, however, of no compromise and drawing a cold, hard line can only lead to more escalation.
The world is in a tight spot right now folks and I am not really sure if a massive war can be avoided at this point. My solution? I have no fucking clue.
For once I am at a loss of words. The best solution I can give is to hang on your arse and hope that everyone behaves. Let's hope that this new phase will be like the cold war where there was a lot of tension but everyone was smart enough not to act on any crazy notions. However, with the current set of players: Bush, that crazy Ayatollah in Iran, and Kim Jong "Mentally" Ill, I am not too encouraged.
Anyway, on a lighter note. I have been going through my trance c.d.'s and I came across Sasha's Ibiza disc 2. I must recommend this album to anyone interested in trance or dance music. Well, hell anyone who is interested in positive music. Listening to this disc is like audio anti-depressants especially about 20 minutes into the mix. Check it out boi's and gurls.
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