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[Opinion] The Third World War?

Posted July. 25, 2006 03:53,   


On June 28, 1914, a gun shot in Sarajevo changed the fate of Europe. A Serbian man assassinated Crown Prince Franz Ferdinand and his wife, demanding for the independence of Slav ruled by the Empire of Austria-Hungary. As Austria-Hungary forces invaded Serbia, Europe was engulfed by war. Strong nationalism and terrorism gave birth to WWI. The history of hatred and retaliation is being repeated in the Middle East.

It started when Hezbollah, an anti-Israeli armed group based in Lebanon, took hostage of two Israeli soldiers. Israel has no intention of leaving its endangered citizen unsaved. When Israel stepped up its attack on Lebanon, Syria, which was selling weapons made in Iran to Hezbollah, stepped in and warned about a military intervention. Hezbollah-Lebanon-Syria-Iran, all of which are Shiites, formed a battle line against Israel. It is not a secret that Israel is backed by the U.S. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said World War III has erupted.

Iran, one of the axis of evil countries, is an Islamic country of fundamental Shiites who have been suppressed as a minority. For Shiites, who are determined to fight against tyranny and foreign power and to restore theocracy, Israel should not have been created at all. Since they believe that Islam is the sole good, they refuse peaceful coexistence or democracy. This is why some point out that the war is not just a proxy war between the U.S. and Iran, but a WWIII between democracy and anti-democracy, and between civilization and anti-civilization.

This is not a war that the Roh Moo-hyun administration that emphasizes national cooperation can take lightly as a far-away conflict. At the site where North Korea launched missiles was the Iranian delegation. The U.S. is mainly concerned that the North’s nuclear weapons and missiles are sold to terror-supporting countries. Iran has built relations with Central Asia-China-Russia, taking advantage of its oil. The Roh administration should not stand with these countries. It is more frightening than the war being escalated into WWIII.

Kim Sun-deok, Editorial Writer, yuri@donga.com