Horrifying analysis of the British Telegraph - World War III Already Started

British Telegraph's analysis reveals the chilling reality: World War III may already be unfolding, ushering in a new era of global conflict

by Sededin Dedovic
Horrifying analysis of the British Telegraph - World War III Already Started
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While our minds this week have been on World War II, we should soon turn our thoughts to World War III, writes Andrew Fox in an analysis for the British "Telegraph." "The D-Day commemoration in Normandy played out against a grim backdrop.

The Ukrainian war for national survival has been raging for more than two years, and the Middle East is also burning. While our minds this week have been on World War II, we should soon turn our thoughts to World War III", writes Andrew Fox in an analysis for the British "Telegraph." The UK's strategic competitors are clear - China seeks dominance over the Pacific theater and the mineral-rich countries in Africa and Asia.

Russia aims to establish Soviet-style dominance over former USSR satellites. Iran seeks the end of American and broader Western hegemony in the Middle East. The Muslim Brotherhood, supported by Turkey and Qatar, seeks dominance in the Arab world.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi after their press conference at© Pool / Getty Images

Taking a step back, it looks like World War III has already started, writes Fox.

It simply doesn't look like the conflict we thought it would be. Instead of direct confrontation, we see intense strategic competition. No country can compete with the US and NATO on the battlefield, so enemies are instead trying to defeat us through economic and cultural means without firing a shot.

These states have long anticipated the upcoming confrontation and are preparing for it. The Chinese Belt and Road Initiative has invested in more than 140 countries, covering 75% of the world's population and more than half of its GDP.

Beijing has bought influence, created international economic dependency on Chinese infrastructure development, and gained access to strategic ports and other potential military bases. Western universities, meanwhile, are flooded with students, creating a loop of financial dependency even as valuable knowledge returns to the Chinese economy.

Russia, meanwhile, has conducted subversive activities across the West, trying to influence the American presidential election (in November), poisoning opponents on British soil, and creating EU dependency on Russian gas.

Moscow has been a key proponent of international disinformation campaigns, strategically investing online and in the media to undermine its opponents and destabilize pro-Western support in the Balkans and Central and Eastern Europe.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg participate in a joint press conference a© Alex Wong / Getty Images

Putin has demonstrated military aggression in Ukraine and Georgia and shown a willingness to commit to a long and costly military campaign of attrition in the former, writes Fox.

Iran, meanwhile, has exploited the chaos in the Middle East to establish regional hegemony since the Iraq war of 2003. Tehran has built influential and violent proxy forces in Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, funded and supported by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which provides command, training, and weapons for these forces.

The Houthis have shown the ability to disrupt vital shipping routes approaching the Suez Canal, and Hezbollah in Lebanon - hardened in the Syrian civil war - has ignited northern Israel multiple times by launching rockets since the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel.

Iran-backed militias have fired on American bases in Iraq, and the regime has placed heavy emphasis on pushing its narratives in the US and Europe. Meanwhile, Qatar and Turkey have played both sides. Turkey exploits its NATO membership and trade ties with the EU, while Qatar offers Western military bases in Doha and significant financial investments.

Simultaneously, they continue to support Hamas in Gaza, which started a regional war by enabling Iran and its militias to escalate attacks on Israel. Significant investments have been made in Western academic institutions, buying influence in organizations that train and advise our (British) Foreign Office and security services.

The media organization "Al Jazeera," funded by Qatar, has been a critical vector in pushing the anti-Israel narrative in the West, while Hamas leaders hide in Doha. Turkey has provided medical care for wounded Hamas fighters, notes Fox.

By buying influence and saturating Western media with disinformation designed to demoralize and undermine support for military action, these countries have undermined our democracies, media, and academic institutions to build support in the West and destroy our will to fight.

Ukraine and Israel give us a taste of the flood of influence operations that will overwhelm us if things escalate into direct conflict. These conflicts are noticed around the world. But for more than a decade, our enemies have used influence - a weapon equipped with a silencer - to fire the opening shots in a global conflict - and we are only just noticing. While all eyes are on Normandy, World War III is closer than we realize - we are already fighting it, concludes Fox.