Russian Experts Warn Of Unacknowledged, Ongoing Third World War
Voice of Russia
January 30, 2013
Informational nature of modern war
[I]f World War III is on, this is the nature of this war. Before attacking a country it is necessary to destabilize the situation there to create a civil standoff. It is better to fight with someone else’s hands because the losses among one’s own servicemen are too expensive for the reputation and the budget.
The paramount goal of a war is neither destroying an enemy’s armed forces nor seizing the territory. The goal is to become the author of a new world order of the post-war era.
Russia’s Defense Minister, General Sergei Shoigu, presented the Defense Plan of Russia to President Vladimir Putin. According to the minister, the document takes into account all possible threats and risks the country may face in the coming decades.
“In our opinion, a fairly complete analysis of what we can expect in the coming decades has been conducted. This is why we believe that it is ready for approval. I would certainly like to add that at the same time it is not a final, inflexible document. Considering various events around the country, different threats, it can definitely be adjusted and will be adjusted, of course,” the minister said.
Political analysts are speaking about the growing number of military threats to Russia. At the recent meeting of the general assembly of the National Military Academy the conclusion was made that use of force continued to play the key role in settlement of economic and political disagreements between countries. Some of the flashpoints are located close to Russian borders.
In recent years a significant group of experts noted that possible military threats would have a local scale or regional one at maximum.
Some experts note that the border between the states at peace and war is being erased. Nations don’t declare wars anymore, while current wars deviate from the traditional war scenarios. Nevertheless, in terms of consequences, new types of conflicts are comparable to wars. A peculiar feature of modern conflicts is a wide use of non-military methods – humanitarian, economic and political sanctions. For example, those who mastermind a conflict use the protesting sentiments of the population in the country they plan to attack.
Pessimists claim that the Third World War has already been on, referring to the events of the Arab Spring. They say that this is a tough and uncompromising war, which is conducted under new rules. This war does not necessarily look like explicit violence and military actions. The main goal is to affect people’s mentality.
In fact it is a struggle between elite groups, which have power and other resources which are necessary for winning an information war. Actually, if World War III is on, this is the nature of this war. Before attacking a country it is necessary to destabilize the situation there to create a civil standoff. It is better to fight with someone else’s hands because the losses among one’s own servicemen are too expensive for the reputation and the budget.
Ruining a country and setting up a puppet government is less expensive and more efficient than destroying the country’s armed forces. This principle has always been true, but today with the development of information technologies those who are striving for global hegemony have made it the cornerstone. The paramount goal of a war is neither destroying an enemy’s armed forces nor seizing the territory. The goal is to become the author of a new world order of the post-war era.