The head of the British armed forces suspected that the global unrest and unrest triggered by the COVID 19 pandemic would increase the risk of armed conflict escalating into another world war.
With the COVID-19 case and the continuing rise in the number of deaths worldwide, as well as the economic crises triggered by the outbreak, there is a risk that disputes could spiral out of control, said the Chief of the British Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter.
In an interview with Sky News, Carter was asked directly whether he believed there was a real danger of another world war, to which he responded: “I say there is a risk, and I think we need to be aware of these risks.
This was after he had explained in detail how he believed the conflict could escalate.
Carter said: “I think we live in a time when the world is a very uncertain and fearful place.
“I think the real danger we face with a whole series of regional conflicts that are currently taking place is that an escalation could lead to misperceptions, and that is something I think we need to be careful about.
Going into more detail about what he meant by possible misjudgements, he said: “The protagonists, either because they are not aware of the scope of their actions, lead to an escalation, which means that perhaps more people will get involved, more weapons will be used, and before they can be contained, it will result in the sides ending up in a full-scale war.
This kind of pattern, he added, preceded earlier widespread conflicts.
“We have to remember that history may not repeat itself, but it has a rhythm, and if you look back to the last century before the two world wars, I think it was undeniable that there was an escalation that led to the misperception that eventually led to a war on a scale that we would hopefully never see again,” he said.
Carter did not name any particular ongoing conflicts that he felt could escalate.
A spokesman for the British Ministry of Defence told Washington Newsday that Carter was not referring to any particular conflict, but only to how such situations could escalate around the world.
Washington Newsday has also addressed the United States National Security Council to ask if it shares similar concerns about the rising tensions around the world.
His comments come in the midst of economic problems facing nations around the world due to the impact of the pandemic and pandemic containment measures on industry, with continued uncertainty creating lasting problems for businesses around the world.
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The virus has also led to a situation in which nations arguing about its spread are trying to blame themselves with the USA and China in a war of words over the spread of the virus.
China was touted as a potential antagonist of a future war in the midst of the ongoing crisis.
Political rifts have also led to speculation about rising tensions with unrest in countries around the globe.
For example, ministers in Israel have expressed the suspicion that the attitude of President-elect Joe Biden towards Iran could lead to conflict.
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Biden’s election brings with it the danger of further domestic political unrest in the United States, as President Donald Trump has so far refused to give in to concerns about the peaceful transfer of power within the nation.
There have already been nationwide protests against his actions in the aftermath of Election Day, adding to tensions in the nation after months of demonstrations that spread throughout the country.
These domestic and global clashes mean that the number of cases during the COVID-19 pandemic is close to 50 million worldwide. According to Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 1.2 million deaths worldwide related to the disease.
More than 9.8 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the United States, more than in any other nation.