A Third World War, the worst-case scenario that might wipe out the planet and all of its inhabitants, is a possibility that the world must prepare for. Contrary to 1945, when the United States was the only country in possession of nuclear weapons, in 2022 seven countries—the USA, Russia, the UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, and North Korea—have admitted to possessing them. Israel is also widely believed to possess them, giving rise to a total of roughly thirteen thousand nuclear warheads worldwide.
The threat of a third world war intensified with the commencement of the Cold War in 1945 as well as the Soviet Union’s acquisition of nuclear weapons capability. Military and civic administrations in several nations expected and prepared for the prospect of a third world conflict during the Cold War.
Nuclear explosions over urban areas will result in firestorms that will produce smoke and soot. The sun’s warmth will then be blocked by the debris as it will rise far into the stratosphere of the Earth’s atmosphere and linger there for years.
Possible causes of a third world war
The world’s leaders frequently push one other to the brink. This has increased worries that world war III is imminent. Concerns about the potential for a third World War are shared by all world leaders. The possibility of a new world war is causing the leaders of several nations to worry that the entire planet may be shook.
There are more reasons to be concerned about the nations with the largest nuclear arsenals. Regarding the measures to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, there has been both considerable nuclear stability and considerable uncertainty.
It is anticipated that over five billion people would die from starvation if the United States and Russia engaged in a full-scale nuclear conflict. You did get that properly. Five billion fatalities. The millions of people who would perish instantly from the explosions, fires, and radiation-induced poisoning are not yet included in this count, nor are those who would perish from radiation exposure in the days, weeks, or years that would follow.
By using technology, a country or international organization can attack and take down the computers and information networks of the enemy country. This practice is known as cyberwarfare. Computer infections and denial-of-service (DoS) attacks are two potential culprits. A global concern, cybersecurity is under threat from an increase in cyberattacks. State-sponsored attacks have becoming increasingly prevalent. These attacks’ patterns raise the possibility of a third cyberwar, according to them.
The role of the United Nations
In particular, Resolution 678, which authorized the 1991 Gulf War, which was brought on by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, was a Security Council resolution that the United Nations adopted that deemed some conflicts to be punitive measures under international law. In accordance with UN resolutions, “all necessary means” or “force” may be used. Through the Security Council’s decisions, which is the body charged with primary responsibility under the UN Charter for maintaining international peace and security, the UN has frequently assisted in putting an end to conflicts over the years.