It’s not hard to pick up a newspaper or watch a TV news broadcast and wonder if we have entered a new round of fighting that echoes those of World Wars I and II.
The downing of the Malaysian jet over Ukraine, immediately killing nearly 300 passengers and crew, allegedly by pro-Russian rebel fighters reflects how such small conflagrations rise to the level of insane criminality.
If it is somehow shown that it was the pro-Russian fighters who downed the commercial jet, then Russian President Vladimir Putin will have a lot to answer for to the international community.
Russian tourists everywhere will face new poisoned wrath. Russian products and services will be scorned and Putin will become an international pariah.
Whatever legitimacy Putin had in the world will be immediately shredded. This is a crime against humanity and it deserves full prosecution.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian-Israel conflict took on new elements of horror. First, Palestinians kidnapped and brutally murdered three Israel teenagers.
Then Israelis did the same with a teenage Palestinian boy.
As a result, we are seeing a new offensive launched by both sides of the conflict there – Palestinians firing rockets into Israel and Israel responding with missiles and a limited ground offensive.
And let us not forget the fighting in Iraq by pro-government forces and separatists murdering under the umbrella of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Behind the scenes, there is another war that is less discussed and less visible to all.
It’s the diplomatic war between Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama. The two men don’t like each other.
Perhaps despise might be a better word.
It is not lost on insiders that Islamic Jihad, supported by Iran, launches missiles into Israel, that Obama currently negotiates with the Iranians over their nuclear missile program.
Israelis wonder how Obama can rightly denounce the shooting down of the Malaysian passenger plane yet negotiate with the Iranians even as they shell Israel at the same time.
At the moment these three battle zones remain separate but have the potential to become bigger and suck in many other nations in between.
Did we forget the other war in Syria?
It would be tempting to simply disregard the emerging World War III (how many times have we read that phrase?!), but the world entered the first one quite by accident too.
Just as we’re doing now.