Apocalypse imminent?

Tobias Stone, described as a leading British academic who specialises in archeology and anthropology, has written an article suggesting that another great war is looming. And the warning of impending apocalypse is apparently gaining traction.

Predictions of apocalypses are common so I’m not sure why this one is getting so much attention.

The Doomsday clock was left at 3 minutes to midnight in January this year by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists…

…recent progress in the Iran nuclear agreement and the Paris climate accord “constitute only small bright spots in a darker world situation full of potential for catastrophe.”

But that was before the rise of Donald Trump in the US and the Brexit vote in the UK.

NZH: Trump, Putin and Brexit all signs another world war is coming

Tobias Stone, who specialises in archeology and anthropology, has invoked the apocalypse in an article published this week that is rapidly gaining traction.

Stone argues that there are chilling similarities between the terrifying dictators who led us into WWI and WWII and modern politicians such as Vladimir Putin, Robert Mugabe and US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“Trump says he will Make America great again, when in fact America is currently great, according to pretty well any statistics,” he writes – an observation echoed by US President Barack Obama in his speech to the Democratic National Convention on Thursday.

“He is using passion, anger, and rhetoric in the same way all his predecessors did – a charismatic narcissist who feeds on the crowd to become ever stronger, creating a cult around himself.

“You can blame society, politicians, the media, for America getting to the point that it’s ready for Trump, but the bigger historical picture is that history generally plays out the same way each time someone like him becomes the boss.”

Stone says it’s a scenario that’s playing out across the world.

“Russia is a dictatorship with a charismatic leader using fear and passion to establish a cult around himself,” he writes.

“Turkey is now there too. Hungary, Poland, Slovakia are heading that way, and across Europe more Trumps and Putins are waiting in the wings, in fact funded by Putin, waiting for the popular tide to turn their way.”

Throw in Brexit and you have the perfect storm – conditions that are ripe for a Third World War, and a nuclear one at that. Stone paints a terrifying picture of how it could all play out.

“An example of how Brexit could lead to a nuclear war could be this: Brexit in the UK causes Italy or France to have a similar referendum,” he writes.

“Le Pen wins an election in France. Europe now has a fractured EU. The EU, for all its many awful faults, has prevented a war in Europe for longer than ever before. The EU is also a major force in suppressing Putin’s military ambitions.

“European sanctions on Russia really hit the economy, and helped temper Russia’s attacks on Ukraine (there is a reason bad guys always want a weaker European Union). Trump wins in the US. Trump becomes isolationist, which weakens Nato. He has already said he would not automatically honour Nato commitments in the face of a Russian attack on the Baltics.

“With a fractured EU, and weakened Nato, Putin, facing an ongoing economic and social crisis in Russia, needs another foreign distraction around which to rally his people. He funds far-right anti-EU activists in Latvia, who then create a reason for an uprising of the Russian Latvians in the east of the country (the EU border with Russia).

“Russia sends ‘peace keeping forces’ and ‘aid lorries’ into Latvia, as it did in Georgia, and in Ukraine. (Putin) annexes Eastern Latvia as he did Eastern Ukraine (Crimea has the same population as Latvia, by the way).

“A divided Europe, with the leaders of France, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and others now pro-Russia, anti-EU, and funded by Putin, overrule calls for sanctions or a military response. Nato is slow to respond: Trump does not want America to be involved, and a large part of Europe is indifferent or blocking any action.

“Russia, seeing no real resistance to their actions, move further into Latvia, and then into eastern Estonia and Lithuania. The Baltic States declare war on Russia and start to retaliate, as they have now been invaded so have no choice. Half of Europe sides with them, a few countries remain neutral, and a few side with Russia. Where does Turkey stand on this? How does [Isis] respond to a new war in Europe? Who uses a nuclear weapon first?”

Stone believes we ignore the warning signs, the unnerving feelings of déjà vu and allow history to repeat itself because most peoples’ perspective is limited to the experience communicated by their parents and their grandparents.

“My point is that this is a cycle,” he writes.

All sorts of things could and will happen. And have happened – the Highlanders didn’t make the Super final.

But is a World War more likely than usual?

Is the apocalypse really imminent? Just in case:

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