Last week's headlines prove the point: North Korea fires missiles, Iran talks of nukes again, Iraq carnage continues, Israel invades Gaza, England observes one-year anniversary of subway bombing. And, oh, yes, the feds stop a plot to blow up tunnels under the Hudson River.
World War III has begun.
It's not perfectly clear when it started. Perhaps it was after the Berlin Wall fell and the Cold War ended. Perhaps it was the first bombing of the World Trade Center, in 1993.
What is clear is that this war has a long fuse and, while we are not in the full-scale combat phase that marked World Wars I and II, we seem to be heading there. The expanding hostilities mean it's time to give this conflict a name, one that focuses the mind and clarifies the big picture.
The war on terror, or the war of terror, has tentacles that reach much of the globe. It is a world war.
Randy Rhodes did a good job of disecting the terror attacks in India today. She pointed out that just yesterday India tested a long range missle. The day before that an airplane with many high-ranking Pakistanis crashed in Pakistan. Our media has failed to contextualize any of this, much less investigate it.
It's these long tentacles of the terror war that's going to suck us all into the next real war. Time is getting shorter as the tentacles get longer.