The War Industry Expands Worldwide, But the US is Still Leading the Pack

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The war industry, detailed in depth by recent reports from VICE News documentaries and other sources, is chugging along at full steam and all of the elements of war seem to be winding and tying together to set the stage for one or more global catastrophes in the form of bullets, artillery, troops, nuclear warheads, missiles, bombs and mass murder and chaos on the streets. Conflicts involving several nations across key regions of geopolitical power, ideology and influence are cause for some serious concern for those who cherish peace, freedom and stability. There are those, however, that will prosper from the impact these skirmishes have.

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Today, the United States remains a "nation builder" and "world police". These terms are significant. The United States has hundreds of strategic bases all over the world. The prosperity in the U.S. is not what it was either. The same is true for Europe. Europe and the United States formed several policies and partnerships throughout history, in which war was their primary means of benefit. Russia has been a roller coaster ride. Relations in Africa are a mix, but most Africans want to see independent African nations and build sustainability in the region. Africa is impacted greatly, particularly in the North, by developments and influence from Middle Eastern events and Islamist extremists.

The Middle East is now believed by most large corporate enterprises to be among the most pressing and destructive matters of world significance. The Conflict in Syria is a much broader issue with larger consequences than the issue of the so-called "Arab Spring". The countries involved in the Syrian struggle, along with local armed groups and other terrorist cells including ISIS and others, are facing chaos, confusion and diplomatic strains like never before. Turkey is part of NATO, making other NATO nations (including many western countries) required to assist them in open conflict. Their next conflict could be with Russia. Russia and the U.S. are increasingly at odds because Putin and Obama's relationship is not as tight as Bush's was with Putin. On top of that, Russia has been targeting U.S.-backed rebels in the region. China and Russia are both allies with Syria's regime. It seems all sides are against ISIS. The civil war in this region has the potential for an explosion of conflicts.

Iran and Saudi Arabia are also now in conflict and both countries compete for influence in the Middle East. However, the country that has a major impact on Middle Eastern affairs is Israel, due to their settlement programs in Gaza and a feud with Palestine. Hamas is the official electorate government of Palestine and is recognized by many nations now. The U.S. and other countries deem them a terrorist organization. Hamas does want to remove the existence of Israel. Other majority muslim countries sympathize with the Palestinians, and the Israelis have support from the United States.

In Asia, the conflicts resulting from China's further reach and its ties to North Korea, there are significant issues to watch. Vietnam has responded by a military buildup and Japan is also considering the option facing disputes from China. There have also been talks in Chinese Communist Party meetings about retaking Taiwan, which could provoke entanglements with the United States again. There is also tension between India, a growing economic power, and Pakistan, a militarized nation with nukes. The U.S. has been involved in many more conflicts then any of these nations and usually is involved somewhere between any number of others. Its history is laden with war and its economy, as is the case with many countries now, was based on a military industrial complex.

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