A YEAR AGO I would have said world wars thing of the past. NOT SO SURE NOW

(18 Posts)
digdeepforanswers Fri 18-Jul-14 11:29:09

Plane shot down. Constant trouble in Israel region. Iraq and Afghanistan not realyl settling down.

Are you Mumsnetters more optimistic than me?

duchesse Fri 18-Jul-14 11:37:13

No. This Ukraine thing could get very nasty, and that's before we factor in the appalling chaos in Israel/Gaza.

digdeepforanswers Fri 18-Jul-14 11:41:02

yes, Duchesse, I take the point. Perhaps the human race has an inbuilt warring factor. How sad.

To add a lighter touch, we could settle things with football matches.
But then England may not do very well

MargotLovedTom Fri 18-Jul-14 11:51:54

I am taking an ostrich approach as I can't bear to think about it. I was a teenager in the early 80s and was utterly traumatised by Threads and Z for Zachariah, and the worry about the USA and Soviet Union going to war. Now I have three dc it's a million times worse sad.

ThisOneAndThatOne Fri 18-Jul-14 11:58:28

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22886730

1,700 dead under the age of 10 in Syria according to the BBC report

No one seems to talk about it much.

ohmymimi Fri 18-Jul-14 12:04:54

I vividly remember the Cuban Missile Crisis, and, despite the many horrors since perpetrated, WW3 has been avoided. So, no, I do not fear another world war. More brutality, inhumanity and useless bloodshed will occur, we will continue to despair over it, but there is, ultimately, too much at stake. So, yes, I am more optimistic, in that sense.

digdeepforanswers Fri 18-Jul-14 12:17:27

Yes, I remember Cuban missile crisis. It was frightening and exciting.

THIS ONE It is true some conflicts get virtually ignored in our media. There was THE CONGO years ago Mass slaughter/

digdeepforanswers Fri 18-Jul-14 12:22:06

Margoot. Your stance is as legit as anyone elses.

My problem is I am a news addict. And bad news is usually what makes news.

Are there treatment centres for news addicts? I say this half in jest

duchesse Fri 18-Jul-14 13:18:40

Thisone- and those figures may not include all the children dying from malnutrition and disease due to displacement and the infrastructure breaking down. sad

captainbarnacle Fri 18-Jul-14 13:27:02

It's odd - we thought it was less likely to happen but then we are living in a globalised world. All you have to do is shoot one passenger aircraft down and you have killed people from a dozen countries. WW1 was started over less!

This is when I think maybe we would get it right with women in charge!

settingsitting Fri 18-Jul-14 13:30:59

There will always be wars and rumours of wars.

I never take peace for granted.

settingsitting Fri 18-Jul-14 13:32:04

It sounds like you are half addicted to the news because you find it exciting on some level, op.

I find it anything but.

duchesse Fri 18-Jul-14 13:34:02

Setting, what an absolutely bizarre thing to say.

settingsitting Fri 18-Jul-14 13:36:33

I think we will let the op answer.

QweenCnut Fri 18-Jul-14 13:48:57

Another news addict here OP, we can start a self-help group. A year ago I said Putin was the biggest threat to world peace, but I still don't think there will ever be a WW3

digdeepforanswers Sat 19-Jul-14 11:04:08

No, I get more optimisict later in the day. Surely we wont be daft enough to Nuke each other.......

Qween your screen name is radical.

SETTINGS I like to keep in tough with the NEWS because I write a bit about it. This is the age when you cant esape news, Papers, internet ,TV,
200 yrs ago took days for the news to get to the next village. (I wasnt around then) But I may do an experiemnt on ONE day a week news.
It will take courage. I will expect an MBE or a meeting with Esther McVey lush scouse Tory Minister. (Oh Esther, I dont vote Tory, but "your place not mine")

Had a bit of luck we missed the storms thus far. YOU?

settingsitting Sat 19-Jul-14 20:19:06

Lots of lightening couple of nights ago.
One relative is close to current storms this evening.

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