The First Postmodern World War

We have a new world order after Friday nightand’s Paris massacre. Pope Francis called the attacks part of a and”disorganized World War 3.and” It is better to name what we have seen as the First Postmodern World War. This is a new world war with a different nature.
Like previous world wars, the current war is global its fronts are everywhere. It affects the life of people from Kabul to Paris. Like the previous two world wars, this one also has its blocks that compete with each other. The global banner and”fight against terrorismand” is championed by all states. However, behind this innocent banner exist unconventional forms of blocks among states. So, it is never a simple fight against extremism. Instead, it includes all sorts of ideological, economic and other enmities between states.
However, what makes the new world war unconventional or postmodern? The answer is simple: The new postmodern world war has different actors such as sub-state actors and even cultural groups. Thus, it is not a typical world war of states. This time we have groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). However, it is beyond an ISIL problem. It is about various cultural groups. Thus, in one sense, it reminds me of what Samuel Huntington argued years ago. The new postmodern world war is rather a kind of civilizational clash between cultures, ideologies and religions. Therefore, it is likely to generate deep hatred among different social groups. The postmodern world war is likely to push states to be more inward looking.
Global issues have many root causes. However, three of them are particularly important in understanding the First Postmodern World War. The first is the deep civilizational crisis of the Islamic world. Metaphorically speaking, Islam stands as a religion today however, it has collapsed as a moral system. The second is the collapse of many states in the world. State collapse is the worst thing one may face in a global system. However, states are collapsing from Crimea to Afghanistan, from Libya to Syria. This is possible for many reasons but particularly with the help of Western strategies towards the Middle East.
The third and final dynamic is the perfect collapse of Western states in understanding global politics. The new political (and even intellectual) elites of Western states fail to adapt to global realities. The West has become a field of engineering at the expense of the idea of social thinking. The new Western paradigm is a synthesis of economy and technology. It is very successful in its realm. We have unprecedented levels of technological aancement thanks to Western studies. However, the new techno-engineering Western paradigm fails to understand the human aspect of global politics. Thus, despite having all sorts of technological weaponry, states like the US failed in major foreign policy issues such as with Iraq or the Arab Uprisings.
The techno-engineering paradigm has transformed the West into a closed club of states that only care about domestic safety and welfare. The new Western individual does not want his or her government to spend money for other nations. The arch example of a statesman who fits this paradigm is indeed President Barack Obama. He is a very successful leader of the US. However, if evaluated as the leader of a superpower, Obama does not even produce any serious legacy that would be remembered globally. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the other most fitting personality. Both Obama and Merkel are stereotypical leaders of the new techno-engineering Western paradigm.
On the one hand we have the deep crisis of the Islamic world, and on the other we have this useless new Western techno-engineering paradigm. Put them together and, I am afraid, the First Postmodern World War is likely to continue for a while longer.
Then the million-dollar question is as follows: Would the postmodern world war transform into a conventional one, like the previous two world wars? In other words, would it stay as the First Postmodern World War or would it become World War III?


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