- History seems pretty sure of itself now that it’s all over. Custer had a last stand; “Bloody Mary” would seem to have got up to something untoward; and the Crimean War may well have had something to do with the Crimea. The clue is in the name. When these events were happening, however, they had not yet been named and people didn’t quite know what to call this thing going on around them. They were probably too busy screaming and running away. And yet amidst the chaos, one man dared to make a stand for correct nomenclature: Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Perhaps wars should just be named like Storm Systems and Hurricanes. But just like storms, not any old kerfuffle should be granted a name (storms have to register a sustained wind speed of 39mph) they would have to bloody to earn their name. Like storms, they would be named in alphabetical sequence to keep things simple. Consider the chronological listing of wars via Wikipedia from the onset of WWI to the Russian Civil War with my suggested name changes:
I think that The Second World War is a very fitting name. It covers not only the immense nature of the conflict, but it gives in context in the story of modern history. WWII seems a bit too sequel-ish, but more modern Hollywood is to blame for the connotations there. Still, WWII is fitting in that sense. I have just begun reading Churchill's The Gathering Storm, and he lays out an argument in the very beginning that World War II was essentially a conflict that was seeded in the misguided resolution of WWI. In short, his argument seems to be that the US (banks) demanded reparations beyond necessity and good sense, and everyone was a bit too overzealous putting the squeeze on Germany. However, I am just getting into it. Still the Wars are closely related.
Au contraire, WWIII will absolutely be a continuation of WWI, as basically all of today's geopolitics can be traced to the bungled armistice. Turn on the news. Mid East...N. Korea...Afganistan...Any country in Africa. All of these places were granted sovereignty in the aftermath of the First or Second World War without regard to ethnic or political differences. Convenience ruled the day, and it has come back to haunt us; I'm afraid will continue to do so for some time.
I'm not so sure if I agree. I think WWIII (if it happens in our lifetimes) might be better seen arising from echoes of the Cold War (Western (US) Capitalism vs. anything else). The conflicts of today seem an odd mix of economic and ideological ones. I think WWI and WWII were wars that were in part motivated by visions of future greatness and progress. WWIII might be more about just plain old fear and misunderstanding, like Vietnam and other Cold War spinoffs.