Should we be worried about World War Three?


Jordan Katz

Since the death of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani on Jan. 3 at the hands of a deliberate United States airstrike, the world has been in uproar over the potential repercussions of it.
Social media has reacted heavily since the initial strikes and the interactions following it. Hashtags such as #WWIII have perpetually been trending on Twitter and the idea of another world war have been plastered all over the internet.
Tensions with Iran and the United States has risen ever since the latter’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. It has been theorized that a conflict would draw in global superpowers such as Russia and the United Kingdom, leading to the global conflict that has been feared since the beginning of the new year.
Despite all of the talk, it is improbable that a war to this scale will actual occur. There will surely be fallout, but ever since the invention of nuclear weaponry and the concept of mutually assured destruction, it is hard to imagine a scenario in which a country makes a drastic move against another.
“[It won’t be] a world war, but I think that the complexities of the conflicts in the Middle East are dangerous enough,” junior Amit Deshpande said. “President Trump’s abrupt actions while not being in a state of war are certainly indicating a large scale conflict.”
With that, fears of an actual draft that people have should be alleviated. History has proven that drafts are reacted violently against, and the anti-war sentiment in general should be enough to dissuade a large-scale conflict.
“In the rare chance that a draft does get discussed, there will be protests and maybe even internal conflict that could become violent,” junior Matthew Sabony said.