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That Escalated Quickly: WWIII a risk says UK military chief

As the world remembers WW II this week, General Sir Nick Carter (left) warns that conflicts around the globe could escalate into "full blown war".

The media declared Joe Biden President-elect, stocks of big arms contractors got a bump and a day later the UK’s military chief warned that World War III is now a ‘risk’.

Yes, 2020 is rolling on.

In a series of interviews on Sunday, Britain’s Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter warned that the current global landscape could be a trigger for war. He pointed to the economic fallout from COVID-19 and regional conflicts as possible triggers.

“I think the real risk we have with quite a few regional conflicts going on at the moment, is you could see escalation lead to miscalculation,” said Carter.

Carter worries that a miscalculation could turn a conflict into a “full blown war” or worse. When pressed on potential of a third World War, Carter had this to say.

“I’m saying it’s a risk and we need to be conscious of those risks. We have to remember that history might not repeat itself but it has a rhythm and if you look back at the last century, before both world wars, I think it was unarguable that there was escalation which led to the miscalculation which ultimately led to war at a scale we would hopefully never see again.”

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Although unrelated to General Carter’s comments, it’s worth noting that the stocks for several arms contractors bounced back with news that a Biden presidency is inching closer to reality.

Lockheed Martin (LMT), General Dynamics (GD), Raytheon Technologies (RTX) and the Carlyle Group (CG), all experienced a dip in share prices in the days leading up to the election, some dropping to 90-day lows. They have all bounced back in the last few days.

President Trump had been a promotor of peace, bringing soldiers back to America and vowing to terminate endless foreign wars.

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Ryan Craswell is a 2001 graduate of the Holland College Journalism Program in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He has worked in print media with The Eastern Graphic newspaper in PEI along with the Truro Daily News and Amherst Daily News in Nova Scotia. Ryan has also been an editor in online sports media but more recently has worked in marketing content. He created Free North News in October 2020 and is committed to delivering honest insight and news that the corporate, mainstream media fails to cover.

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