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Uncertainties due to Coronavirus may spark Third World War, UK Defence chief warns

London: UK Chief of Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter has issued a severe warning that ‘At a time of uncertainties and anxiousness caused due to the Coronavirus, there is a risk of the regional conflicts across the globe escalating into world war three.’ Gen Sir Carter underscored that historical events have shown how regional tensions can easily flare up and force other nations into the conflict. Keeping in mind that an economic crisis, race for becoming a world superpower and regional conflicts can spark a massive military confrontation at any time, UK must remain prepared at all times, cautioned Gen Carter.  

In an interview with a British news channel, Gen Carter had warned about the risk of a Third World War. At the time, he voiced fears over the ignorance towards the grave nature of war and how that may encourage sentiments of going to one being appropriate. Gen Carter warned of risks concerning the Third World War as he said, ‘Currently, the Coronavirus has led to significant uncertainty and anxiousness. The dynamic of global competition is a feature of our lives as well. I think the real risk we have with quite a lot of the regional conflicts that are going on at the moment, is you could see escalation lead to miscalculation.They bear the risk of the Third World War sparking, and we need to be conscious of those risks

Gen Carter asserted that the ones waging war are not aware of its repercussions. A regional dispute or tension suddenly escalates, and the number of participants goes on increasing. The use of arsenal becomes extensive, and before it can come under control, it ramps up into a ‘full-blown war’,’ said Gen Carter.  

During the interview, he also drew focus over the world wars that were fought during the last decade. The British Chief of Defence Staff said, ‘We have to remember that history might not repeat itself, but it has a rhythm. If you look back at the last century, before both world wars, I think it was unarguable that there was an escalation. It led to the miscalculation, which ultimately led to war at a scale we would hopefully never see again’.   

The senior British official nevertheless did not specify any particular country or prevalent tension. However, in the past, analysts have argued that the South China Sea tensions, conflicts in the Middle East and African nations, ongoing Greece-Turkey dispute and the Armenia-Azerbaijan war, are events with the potential of blowing up into the Third World War. 

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