Arabeyes: Third World War in the Making?

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Bloggers in the Middle East are closely following the developments in Georgia, with some saying it could usher in World War Three. Here's a quick review of what bloggers in Yemen and Jordan are writing.

From Yemen, Omar Barsawad says a Third World War is probable – almost a century after the first. He explains:

Will NATO push on with its expansion? That would be reckless and extremely dangerous. As in both the first and second World Wars, accidentally – ‘one thing leads to another’ until it becomes too late to stop events. The First World War happened, accidentally, mainly because one part of Europe wanted to be the dominant power there; the Second One, planned, was for the same reasons, but Hitler too – wanted to settle old scores and expand. And both World Wars, in one way or the other – were about power and dominating resources; mainly oil.

“Hasn't Europe learnt enough from their history of the last Century?” asks Barsawad. His other questions are:

Hasn't enough suffering, destruction and horrors happened there for them to learn to live with and accommodate each other, rather than one part wanting to expand and dominate? NATO continuously preaches that every country should respect each others borders, and yet it is aggressively expanding; what kind of message does that send? If Russia or China act in the same way – extending and spreading their arms and missiles, would NATO quietly and passively accept that?

Barsawad concludes:

Rubbing Russia's nose more and more and pushing it further and further could accidentally lead to the unimaginable: the Third World War. Any body ready for that? Nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction which both sides posses have so far been deterrents, but for how long?

Meanwhile, “Where's Georgia?” asks Jordanian blogger Naseem Tarawnah after discovering that is has been wiped off the map – Google Map, that is.

When you’re my age and you read about wars and conflict in history books, everything always seems so formulaic and perhaps even a bit ancient. So I was surprised to see today, something that speaks a little more to my generation. Apparently, the Russian-invaded country Georgia that has been making headlines this month, has been wiped off the map of the world. Google maps that is.

Georgia on Google Maps

Tarawnah then explains the reason why Georgia doesn't appear on the map:

With infrastructure being the first target of most conflicts, the search engine giant, Google, doesn’t want to be seen as helping either side with its mapping technology. The company has since removed all the details normally seen on Google maps of a country, that include roads, towns and cities in Georgia, as well as from the maps of neighboring countries Azerbaijan and Armenia

Fellow blogger Hareega, also from Jordan, uses the crisis as an opportunity to poke fun of US President George Bush, calling his geographical knowledge into question:

The war between Russia and Georgia has got ugly. When President Bush heard about Georgia being under heavy fire, he asked the citizens of Atlanta to hold on and keep hosting the Olympics the best they could.


  • I am a blogger about Armenia and so was one of the few who ever checked maps of this region of the world and was always frusterated by the lack of roads and borders for Georgia and the rest like their neighbors Turkey and Iran have. Now that this war broke out people are actually looking up this region and have jumped to the conclusion that they were taken down on purpose when in fact I can assure you they were just never there! Any of these conspiracy theories about Google involvement in the war, etc. is just that, a conspiracy theory!

  • David

    I am deeply distressed about the challenges forming around Russia and Georgia. From what I read, there are strong arguments on both sides. Georgia has issues with Russia in blocking their path towards NATO and Russia has issues with Georgia in the treatment of their citizens, I cannot help but wonder if a diplomatic solution could have prevented these challenges. I suppose we will never know for certain.

  • kevin

    Ezekiel 38 and 39 from the Bible describe what is going on in Georgia…the Russian invasion “from the north”…in fact is it possible that Ezekiel 38 and 39 describe the third world war????

  • RBG – visitor can vote there for one of the conflict sides. Now Russia leading – only 20% of visitors support Georgia.

    And there is more then 2000 comments about war in South Osetia – interesting to read opposite opinions –

  • With the various conflicts now happening around the globe, one can’t help but wonder if the institution of a “one world government” could bring a halt to all the senseless violence.

  • Jeremiah

    In the book of Daniel in the bible, there is prophecy about the future war between the King of the North and the King of the South.

    If this means a war between America-NATO alliance versus a Russian-Chinese-Iran alliance sparked by an oil and food crisis, then we could see the beginning of WWIII. Once both parties have become weakened and the world is disillusioned by war, a new UN will emerge, perhaps a form of one world government comprising 10 national groupings. A world leader who appears to be a peacemaker will lead this government and then, he will show his true colours and launch a second assault against Jerusalem.

    The good news is: people throughout the world are finding spiritual salvation from accepting Jesus in their lives even in Iran, Palestine and Israel. The hatred of nations against one small nation’s right to coexist with other will finally bring God into the battle.

  • The grim reaper

    What is it with mankind?????????????????????????
    Can’t wait to get to planet MARS……

  • julia

    i like this map and my students love this map because this i m writing this

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