So, I was only joking when I said war might happen…

Don’t you just hate it when you make a prediction that world peace could be teetering on the edge of a precipice, and when you open the paper and there it is…

World War Three.

What the hell just happened that I’d missed?

Apparently the assassination of a leading political figure in a regime that takes such events as serious threats to their national security.

After all, it took the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand to get World War One started.

Whilst people are saying that the Iranian leader was not a head of state, he is arguably on the same level. After all, if an Iranian had assassinated the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the US, it would be taken as a serious threat to their national security.

So serious, they might even consider the same possible consequences on the perpetrator, as the Iranians are considering for them.

This is a very bad path we are being led down.

This feels like a plot that someone has already written, only the names and countries have been replaced, and the consequences had in one instance led to all-out nuclear armageddon which eventually ended the world via nuclear fallout [On The Beach] to another, a small nation stopping the oil trade by blocking the Hormuz Strait and other lifelines, descending the world into chaos with no petrol, no oil, no power, and ultimately no food [Last Light].

It is terrifying to think that this might happen in reality and that it could come down to the actions of one person, who acted without consulting the rest of the world.

Of course, we don’t know what the real facts are because governments always play fast and loose with the truth, but one thing is for sure, there’s going to be a lot of posturing, and oneupmanship.

Let’s just hope that the reality remains just a story, one that we thriller readers will relish for years to come.

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