We witnessed three global wars in the past century. Only a decade ago we ended WWIII, also known as the Cold War. But a new enemy has been on the march and we have entered a dangerous but subtler conflict: World War IV. This is not only a war against terrorism but also a war for democracy and for freedom. The enemy we fight includes Islamist Shi'sm, the Ba'athists in Iraq, and the Islamist Sunni terrorist networks. The dangers we face arise from the combination of rogue states, terrorist networks and availability of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Mr. Woolsey says that World War IV, as he calls it, will be fought heavily on the home front and that we must improve the resilience of our infrastructure to assure our capacity to win a long, difficult conflict.
R. J. Woolsey,
WWIV: Who We’re Fighting- And Why,
Rich. J. Global L. & Bus.
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