Ric Wells states in his article Syria - the aftermath, published on the website Writer Beat on April 25, 2017, that it is necessary study, discussion, debate and anticipation about the consequences of the US missile attack on an airbase of Bachar El Assad in Syria. Ric Wells states that, as a consequence of this United States attack against the Assad regime, Russia adopted a policy of communication and separation of common-sense military agreements between the United States and Russia, Iran condemned US action against its ally, Syria, giving Iran a reason to intensify anti-American activities, the Islamic State (ISIS), while not being an ally of the Assad regime has given way to retaliation. Although Isis and Assad disagree with each other, both are Arab factions. The hatred of ISIS for the United States is much deeper than its hatred of the Assad regime. Ric Wells said he would not be surprised if terrorist activity increased in France, Britain, Canada, Mexico, the United States and any other nation that is friendly to the United States.
Ric Wells raises doubts whether the missile strike was a sign that President Donald Trump would be willing to circumvent international law. He states that the enemies of the United States have become many due to this action because it could be a program of colonialism and domination of the United States on the horizon. This is what many should and are thinking today. Ric Wells reports that the day after the missile attack, in Stockholm were killed 4 and injured others. Two days later, two churches in Egypt were attacked and more than 70 people were killed and countless other wounds. Russia, Iran and China have said that further aggression from the United States will not be tolerated and retaliatory measures will be taken. North Korea is positioning itself aggressively as the United States sends a nuclear fleet to show a strong presence just off the waters of North Korea. Ric Wells's fear of the possibility of a long-term terrorist attack on the outside of the Western Hemisphere is perfectly correct and concludes that only time will tell him to be wrong.
One fact is clear: Syria and North Korea are the countries that can become focuses of a new world war. Syria is today the epicenter of a battle that brings together various actors: the great enemy regional powers (Iran and Saudi Arabia) and historical allies (the United States allied with Saudi Arabia and Iran allied with Russia). The Syrian conflict began when President Bachar Al Assad launched an offensive against the rebels of the Syrian Free Army. Meanwhile, other actors have stepped inside the rebel movement, followed by extremists from the Islamic State (ISIS) and the Kurds. It has become clear that the geopolitical interests of the parties involved are very different.
It can be said that Syria has a fundamental strategic importance because it is the last stone of geopolitical chess in the region whose fall of Bachar Al Assad would lead to the siege of Iran, enabling the Western allies to reach the territory of this country by the Mediterranean Sea and Iraq which would guarantee passage for allied troops to reach Iranian borders. Syria, which borders Israel, has always been important in the Middle East and, especially today, is part of a very delicate geopolitical chess because it is an allied country of Iran, along with those who sponsor extremely aggressive terrorist movements such as Hezbollah and Hamas in opposition to the State of Israel.
The recent US attack by President Donald Trump's decision to a Bashar al-Assad air base in Syria has widened the existing stalemate between the United States and Russia over Syria's civil war, with both sides promising resurgence in use of the force. The tone adopted by the two nuclear powers was a threat, raising the tension between Washington and Moscow at a level similar to that experienced in the Cold War. The Kremlin called the US action "aggression" and "breach of international law" and said it would suspend the channel of communication with United States forces used to prevent the two countries from attacking Syria, since both operate in the country.
North Korea may also be the focus of a new world war because the tension between the United States and North Korea has existed for many years, but has intensified since Donald Trump took over the White House in January of this year. Donald Trump threatens to attack the Asian country if the Pyongyang regime continues with its military tests. It should be noted that between 1950 and 1953 occurred the Korean War that was part of the geopolitical dispute between the United States and the Soviet Union. It was the first armed conflict of the Cold War, causing worldwide apprehension because there was an imminent risk of a nuclear war due to the direct involvement between the two military superpowers of the time. It is worth noting that after the end of World War II with the surrender and withdrawal of Japanese troops, North Korea became allied with the Soviets and Chinese, while South Korea came under US influence.
The United States entered the war alongside South Korea, while China (allied with the Soviet Union) sent troops into the conflict zone to support North Korea. In 1953, South Korea, backed by the United States and other capitalist countries, won several military victories. In 1953, the US government threatened to use nuclear weapons against North Korea and China if the war not be ended with the North Korean surrender. On March 28, 1953, North Korea and China accepted the United Nations peace proposal. With the end of the war, the two Koreas remained divided and the geopolitical conflicts continued, although they were no longer for the military area. North Korea currently remains with the communist regime, while South Korea remains in the capitalist system. At the present time, the United States and North Korea are one step from the war whose conflict can start at any moment.
Ric Wells's fear of a wave of terrorist activity in the world is a correct possibility. At the present time, terrorism has reached a great extent in the Middle East with the emergence of the so-called Islamic State. The history of the Islamic state terrorist group is related to the political crisis that unleashed in Iraq after the war that began in 2003. Terrorism is now associated with Islamic fundamentalism. Islamist fundamentalism's opposition to the West has secular historical origins, but it has risen in the Middle East political scene since the Shi'ite Revolution in Iran in 1979.
The Ayatollahs' Movement was seen as a major mobilization of Islamic energies asleep by the presence of unacceptable Western modernity. Its sudden appearance was due in large part to the political failure of the Arab states to give an effective combat to the State of Israel, which is seen as the great political and theological enemy, and to withdraw their countries from the situation of economic immobilism. This situation has been aggravated over time by the positioning of Western powers in support of Israel in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and, above all, by violent NATO-backed US military interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya to take over the oil reserves and in Syria for geopolitical factors.
Another factor that has aggravated this situation is the growing wave of "Islamophobia" throughout the world, especially in Europe with discrimination suffered at work and on the streets and violent attacks against Muslims and their descendants born on the European continent. The European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia produced a 118-page document entitled "Muslims in the European Union: Discrimination and Islamophobia", which shows that in 2004 50% of Europeans saw all Muslims as suspects of being terrorists [FOLHA DE S. PAULO. Estudo mostra crescimento da "islamofobia" (Study shows growth of "Islamophobia"). Available on the website <http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/fsp/mundo/ft1912200612.htm>]. Muslims discriminated in Europe and around the world are becoming potential allies of the Islamic state that is losing occupied territories in Iraq and Syria with the war effort being carried out with military actions by the United States, Russia, Iraq and Syria.
* Fernando Alcoforado, member of the Bahia Academy of Education, engineer and doctor of Territorial Planning and Regional Development from the University of Barcelona, a university professor and consultant in strategic planning, business planning, regional planning and planning of energy systems.