Conflict is a part of human nature; it is part of us. Conflict is as natural to us as arguing with your spouse. Not pleasant, but it is natural to argue about allocation of resources and priorities. Some issues cannot be resolved. These must be lived with. Sometimes, this is not so practical between nations or groups of people.
Some issues must be resolved, yet have no solution other than one side winning outright. Slavery is one of these types of issues. Nothing one side can give up will satisfy the other side in exchange. This requires some type of decisive instrument. Warfare is conflict raised to the most decisive level. Warfare is the decisive instrument. The vast majority of humans do not want to kill others unless absolutely necessary.
Yet issues exist that cannot be resolved in any other way. This is at least one reason why large conflicts in the form of major wars will occur every so often. It cannot be avoided. The past has indicated that it is extraordinarily dangerous to attempt to avoid. Like so many other things in life, it is generally better to face the music sooner rather than later.
Some signs that are pointing toward a big war:
1) Big wars happen every so often. The 20th century had two world wars, but the second ended more than 60 years ago. The world can be due for another. Certainly well before the end of the 21st century. Most likely prior to the 2nd half. The year 2045 will be the 100-year anniversary since the end of World War II. If this theory is correct, we can expect the war to occur before this date.
2) The populations of the current clash between Islam and the rest of the world are unprecedented. The populations whose support of each side of these issues are much too large for decisive results without WMD. Escalation is a natural part of warfare. Wars are won by the side that escalates the war to a level the other side either cannot or will not match. If the clash ever became an open war, the use of WMD is a certainty. The pattern of major, modern warfare is shorter, but larger, more powerful and destructive wars.
3) The issues present within Islam that are in conflict with the modern national government are non-negotiable. Generally, wars only require a small number of these types of issues. Islam has too many, as is being seen in all of the violent conflicts that Islam is involved in today.
4) The greatest war in man’s history was immediately preceded by the worst economic downturn in mankind’s history. The risk of hyperinflation or some other economic collapse in the U.S. could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
Anytime you predict the future, you are simply guessing. One thing is certain: Wars will be fought. Big wars will occur. Human nature demands it. It is only a matter of time. The question is: When?