The lessons of the first World War were not being learned. Millions of humans lost their lives because of that.
The lessons of the second World War were learned. With the United Nations and the fear of world destruction by a global atomic war, the next round of destruction was avoided.
But with the end of the cold war, there was a vacuum…
Other factors are the lessons of the last two World Wars are in the process to be forgotten! People start to get immune by the constant repetitions, education is becoming bad and the new generations do not associate with the past and most of the old surviving soldiers died of old age. Human suffering is for the new generations something they can see on TV and internet.
With the new weapons, they dream about using it and show their superiority over others.
New military leaders are now scientifical educated individuals, who see war as an exercise. They are extremely able professionals.
Leaders of nations are being carefully scrutinized in real time by the world population. Erupting conflicts are to be confronted in real time, straight on TV and internet. A superpower like America must constantly constrain itself, because its military power is too large.
Leaders of countries are now forced to mix politics, diplomacy and war together live in front of the billions of people out there. Incompetent leaders suffering at least serious embarrassment, or removal or death.
Leaders of democratic nations have a good change to survive, while leaders with absolute powers are in the least isolated.
Leaders with absolute powers are more likely to start wars and/or slaughter their own populations.
A country like Syria is one of the failed states. The country is being torn apart by civil war and insurgents. Their leader simply kills of his population. Millions of the citizens are slaughtered with artillery, gas and bombs, the means of destruction used during the first World War. The number of death is already more then 200,000 citizens
In the years after the second World War, the sentence “Never again” was very common. After the genocide of the Jews, the Israelis said the same: “Never again”.
But the generations from those wars are almost gone, and the message of the Jews are now changed and used for nationalistic politics.
There are nations, which claim that the World Wars never happened and the genocides are simple fantasies.
Old power players like Russia is still stirring the region trying to sell as much as possible weapons. American politics is not much better, but at least they try to do it better. They know the price of war. The Russians know the price too, but for them it’s good profit and don’t care about human suffering.
For countries like Iran, human suffering is like change money for them and as long as that suffering is not them or their influence, then it’s acceptable.
For the Islamic Extremists it’s the means to get what they want. For them war is the way of living. Human suffering is their way of living.
Now we are in a situation, which demands choices.
Stay passive and do nothing is a choice, which led to World War one in 1914.
Start actively fight the ISIS is nothing else then causing loads of death and destruction and it’s only fighting the symptoms.
Fighting Iran actively is changing the balance in the Middle East.
Isolating the Middle East is also an option, because if nobody does that, it might explode in everyone’s face.
A country like Iraq is bound to be dismantled, because too many peoples are living there; you find the Kurds, Sunnis and the Shi’ites, and the Christians and more. Living together is a problem, it seems, because there is always one trying to suppress the other.
And then we have the religious factor thrown into the inflammable mixture, which is now in the process of being blown apart. The new flavor is the new “true” Islam, which fully supports Islamic Extremism and created the Islamic State. It enjoys popular support worldwide and its militarily unopposed, so it can expand its territory.
Their strategy is to spread paralyzing fear in the hearts of the peoples in the world. Of all the tens of thousands they already executed, only the 7 executed westerns caused fear. Using the social media, like everyone else, is successful.
The IS is threatening countries in the Middle East and Africa.
Countries like Iran feel threatened and is actively waging covered war. Israel is only moaning and groaning, but doesn’t take any action then only flexing its muscles. Egypt is nervous, because they also suffer from Islamic extremists and try to fight them. Hamas is involved in supporting the Islamic extremism. And Hamas is supported by Iran, Qatar and Turkey.