Crimea Crisis: Is This the Beginning of World War III?


The scuffle between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea has been the topic of discussion in most countries all over the world. However, the recent involvement of the United States is set to increase tension between the warring parties. The lukewarm relationship between Russia and the U.S. dates back to the era of the Cold War. According to analysts, the recent Crimean crisis could mark the beginning of a looming political, social and economic stand-off.

The crisis leaves so many people wondering whether this tiny peninsula is worth the fight or not. There is no doubt that Russia wants to own Crimea due to economic reasons but on the other hand, President Obama’s administration does not seem to like that idea. The wealthy peninsula is known for its great beaches suitable for tourism, strategic seaports and potential gas reserves, therefore explaining its significance to Russia.

Despite the frequent sanctions and threats from Obama’s administration, nothing seems to stop Russia from taking over Crimea. The threat of military action is imminent and Russia seems to be prepared for anything even if it means courting its allies against the U.S. To prove a point, Russian troops allegedly invaded Ukrainian airbase located in Belbeck city, Crimea. This comes just a few hours after President Obama issued a stern warning against further intrusion into the disputed land.

Such daring actions by President Vladimir Putin may as well create the right platform for confrontations between the two countries and worse still, the Crimean crisis might spread to the rest of the world and become a huge threat to international peace. While Russia continues to threaten Ukraine, the U.S. is watching keenly and waiting for the right moment to strike. Apart from occupying Crimea peninsula, Russia seems to have a different agenda that can be settled only if the U.S. is involved. With that said, there are high chances that what started as simple threats like the ones issued during the Cold War might soon escalate into a full-blown military action between the three countries.

In Africa, Nairobi has had bitter relations with Kampala over the ownership of Migingo, a tiny but rich island off the shores of Lake Victoria. The battle for Migingo was at its peak in 2011 when Ugandan soldiers were reportedly sent to guard the island, which is less the size of a standard football pitch. This was followed by a series of threats between the two countries and to date, the real owner of the island is yet to be identified.

The Crimean crisis is quite similar to the ones witnessed in Ceuta, Aksai Chin, Doi Lang and South Kuril Islands. Another issue of great concern is the latest reports that Iran is making a giant replica of U.S. aircraft carrier. The satellite images captured near the southern city of Bandar Abbas could damage the feeble relationship between the U.S. and Iran despite the ongoing talks. There is rising suspicion between different nations all over the world and in cases where military big-wigs like the U.S., Iran, China, Germany, UK, North Korea and Russia are involved, defenseless territories such as Crimea could be the starting point of  a full-blown war.

Opinion by Andrew Wandola

The Washington Post

11 Responses to "Crimea Crisis: Is This the Beginning of World War III?"

  1. Destany   May 26, 2014 at 7:47 am

    i think that this may or may not be the beginning its all in gods hands

  2. seriously?   April 2, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    @ markjuliansmith

    So, you are suggesting that NATO (The U.S.) remove by military force, the Russian Armed Forces in Crimea? Remove by force the armed forces of a nation that has thousands of ICBM’s active and ready AND has stated officially their willingness to use them, and I paraphrase a bit, even if the weapons used against them are only of a conventional nature, Russia reserves the right to use nukes if the very state is under threat.

    I think some people need to re-watch the old atomic weapon test footage to remind themselves of why there can never be a WW3. And allowing Russia to have it’s way in Crimea is not equal to Hitler marching into Poland. Hysteria like that is what will lead to problems, thankfully I believe the people responsible huddled in those dark but appropriately lit war-rooms won’t be influenced by such hysteria, it’s why they get paid the big bucks.

  3. hulk19817   March 27, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    yeah good idea lets remove a country “Russia” with over 7000 nuclear bombs that are probably pointed mostly at us— great idea.

  4. Wandola Amoth   March 24, 2014 at 8:58 am

    @Jonathan, I think Putin is trying to prove a point my ignoring the warnings and sanctions from President Obama. Given the weak relations between these two nations, it might just set up the right atmosphere for confrontations. It is a matter of hitting Tom and waiting for his brother to respond so you can hit him too.

    • johnson   March 26, 2014 at 1:04 am

      As being part Russian, I don’t know what to truly think. Should we destroy the international space station? Russia has not harmed anyone, nor will it. Obama could provoke a war in which I would never fight. Putin is a Pro Russian leader looking after his country.

  5. Andrew Wandola   March 24, 2014 at 8:48 am

    @Jonathan, no one is blaming America for anything. In fact, Russia is to blame for provoking America, and daring her into War by ignoring the warnings. The Crimean Crisis might not necessarily lead to war, but if this habit of snatching defenseless territories is tolerated, these nations will start rising up slowly against oppression even if it means considering military action. Secondly, the war will not be fought by the oppressed territories alone; it will be fought by other nations that have hidden economic, political and social interests.

    • miguelsoto   March 25, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      Come on! Really?! You have to look at this through a neutral point of view. Please no being bias, it destroys the whole point one is trying to find and discuss. Which is the truth even if it makes America look bad…. its the sad reality.

      • Wandola Amoth   March 26, 2014 at 12:43 am

        The truth is: (1) Russia is doing all it can to provoke America. (1) Countries are creating dangerous weapons secretly (3) No country wants to look inferior at the moment. It is the battle for the survival of the fittest.

  6. jonathan grobler   March 24, 2014 at 8:37 am

    To think like that is a is a little ignorant and short sited .

    Why would america want to push and shove there way into something thats doesnt evan concern them. Do you have any idea how much world war 3 will cost? America has spent trillions raging wars along the world and people alwase think its americas responsebillity to sort out other people problems. America is sick and tired of wars and want to sort out there own economy and citizens.

    If russia takes over ukrain so be it. Let them sort out there own problems im not being emotionless i think its just unfair to for avryone to put all the blame on america for not preventing the whole situation.

  7. Florence Emmy   March 24, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Well said. If the US sits back and watch the likes of Russia, Iran and China building dangerous weapons, they might regret bitterly. Russians should leave Crimea ASAP!!!

  8. markjuliansmith   March 23, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    The US determined after WWII if the US had only had the fortitude and military might the US should have moved against Japan when Japan invaded Manchuria.

    Hence the US realizing wishful thinking simply is not going to stop megalomaniac persons or Nation States from appearing and doing what they do so well the US decided not to go into its pre WWII shell and sought to develop the military power and the fortitude to take on tyrants at the beginning and not hopefully survive due to luck and circumstance after the enemy felt themselves powerful enough to strike first.

    Hence the “Carrier Strike Group Two” now in the Black Sea below the Crimea represents the required military might.

    Clearly the US (world) has not learnt from History – Putin (Russia) going into Georgia was the worlds Manchuria, Austria, Czechoslovakia, .. yet it did not act with the inevitable consequences.

    As in the last century we have the inevitable tag team European vs Asian spheres, last time Germany and Japan this time Russia and China.

    The US and its Western allies may not this time be so lucky to survive the first strike, a nuclear strike against the US China has actually described in great detail via its media.

    The required military might is there for a reason and it has to do with the millions who died last century and will die if Russia is not if necessary forced militarily out of the Crimea and Georgia. Where is the fortitude given history shows us what happens next?

    To claim the twenty-first century is no place to use military force when it is and will be with prejudice given time and space as Russia and China build capacity to impose their will, as Putin (Russia) is now beggars belief.

    Russia should be given 24 hours to get out of the Crimea and Georgia or be removed with force.


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