How World War III Could Play Out

A computer generated image of a nuclear bomb explosion.

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Over the past few months, the U.S. has had quite a few heated exchanges with North Korea and Russia. If peace is not restored soon, there’s a strong possibility that World War III could break out. If it does, this is what is likely to happen.

North Korea, having very few allies, would likely team up with Russia in a united front against the U.S. Even though China and North Korea are technically allies, China would likely not become involved only because they don’t want to risk severing any ties with the U.S.

With that being said, it’s not very likely that China would act on behalf of the U.S., either. Earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for “peaceful resolution” to the North Korea crisis. Overall, it’s looking like China doesn’t want to be involved, period.

But things get more complicated, because while North Korea may not have very many allies, that doesn’t mean Russia doesn’t. One of Russia’s biggest allies is India. These two countries have had a very strong relationship for the past 50 years. Both have collaborated on military missions before, so it’s likely that India would have Russia’s back.

But Russia is also allied with Iran and Syria, both of which are not huge fans of the U.S. So as of now, it’s looking like Russia, India, North Korea, Iran, and Syria would team up.

But the U.S. has some close allies too, namely the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Israel, and the Philippines. And although the U.S. has bigger and stronger allies, there would still be a lot of bloodshed. Millions of people would die. Both sides would suffer.

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said it best, “Multiple parties will lose and no one will win.” It would not be a pretty sight, that’s for sure.

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