Today, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was sinisterly assassinated in a very public way. The gunman, now killed by police, left absolutely no doubt as to what his motivation for the killing was. Could this be the moment that so many in conspiracy circles have waited for, hoping against hope that it would never come?
The climate between Turkey and Russia wasn’t all that great. There is much turmoil over there gigantic, gaping disagreement about what is happening with Syria. While their relationship had warmed slightly in recent months, overall it’s not a very friendly one, so it is obvious that world events dictate that a seemingly small event could set off a set of dominoes leading to a World War 3 situation. Don’t think so? Time for a history lesson.
Archduke Ferdinand is the guy that got assassinated and it literally set the entire world into the first World War. He was the Archduke in Austria. Flashing forward to our time, it is hard to believe how that could start an international conflict that would claim millions of lives. But just look at Syria and the Middle East. Look at ISIS and the power vacuum. Look at Russia’s increasing aggressiveness in the last couple of years. And look at the arrival of a President Donald Trump on the scene in a few weeks. If ever there was the possibility of this generation having a Ferdinand moment, this certainly seems like it could be it.
On the naysayer side, there will be those that say the world has changed since 1914, and something like this isn’t enough to start this kind of explosion that almost guarantees a mutually-assured self destruction conflict. Yet, those same people would have told you the same back then when the world declared that World War 1 was the “war to end all wars” and it would never happen on that scale again. It wouldn’t even take that long for it to happen again. They couldn’t have been more wrong.
Anyone that knows anything will tell you that a World War 3 scenario is inevitable. We all just hope that it is many years from now, but it would be foolish to think that it cannot or will not happen again.
Having said all of that, Common Sense Conspiracy wants to remind our readers that events like this happen from time to time, and more often than not, they do not spark international conflicts. It is perfectly possible that Russia and Turkey realize this is an isolated conflict and don’t let it turn into an arms race of epic proportions. But Vladimir Putin is not known for that sort of standoffish behavior. It may very well depend a lot on how Turkey reacts, and whether their reaction satisfies Putin to the point that he doesn’t push the issue. Also, there is also the wild card of what an incoming President Trump might say or do in such an incendiary situation. It’s a crazy time to be alive , people.
What do you think? Is this the shot that will be heard and felt around the world? Or just an unfortunate incident that civilized nations will work around?