It is said that generals always fight the last war. In 2000, I was the keynote speaker at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) for a symposium on new millennium warfare. VMI invited me to discuss my forecasts of how World War III would be fought and the weaponry that would be used. It was a subject I had been writing about for years in the Trends Journal and in my book, Trends 2000 (Warner, 1997).
I extended Einstein’s remark — “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones” —to its now obvious conclusion: World War III will be fought with dirty bombs, nuclear bombs, biological warfare, cyber attacks, and missiles delivering mass annihilation payloads. It will be a Global Holocaust. Race, creed, color, gender, species … more will die than survive.
The facts are in front of you, the world is on the path to war. The propaganda machines are doing their jobs. Hate has filled the air. If the trends are not reversed, the next smoking gun may, indeed, be a mushroom cloud.
It was as clear as day. You could see it coming.