Speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sky News, General Sir Nick Carter warned the coronavirus pandemic and the social and economic instability currently crippling the world could lead to World War 3. The Chief of the UK Defence Staff warned regional conflicts across the globe could escalate as sides miscalculate the gravity of their actions.
He said: “We’re living through a time when the world is a very uncertain and anxious place.
“And of course the dynamic of global competition is a feature of our lives as well.
“The real risk that we have with quite a lot of regional conflicts that we have at the moment is you could see escalation lead to miscalculation.”
He added: “An escalation means more people get involved, more weapons get involved and before you can contain it, it leads to the sides blowing in up in a full-blown war.
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WW3: Sir Nick Carter warns regional conflicts across the world could escalate
“If that happens, as we saw in the last century…
“We need to remember that history may 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 that led to the miscalculation which ultimately let to war at a scale we hopefully never see again.”
Asked whether he believed there is a “real threat” of World War 3, he replied: “It’s a risk, I think we need to be conscious of those risks.
“And that’s why Remembrance matters.
“Because if you look back at history, hopefully you learn from their experience and you make sure that you’re very cautious about how you manage the sorts of regional conflicts that we see playing out in the world today.”
Sir Nick, who became the British military chief in 2018, said it was important to remember those who had died in previous wars as a warning to those who might repeat past mistakes.
“If you forget about the horror of war, then the great risk I think is that people might think that going to war is a reasonable thing to do,” he said.
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In a separate interview with Times Radio, Sir Nick admitted to being uneasy about the prospect of the military being drafted in to police coronavirus lockdowns in the UK.
He said forcing “people to get off the streets” is “not what the military is for”.
Sir Nick added: “I would be leery about getting involved in all of that.
“There are others who are better qualified to do it, I would suggest.”