The job of the historian is often to pull together broad themes and trends, then give them a snappy title that people will easily recognise and understand. That’s how we end up with labels like “The decline and fall of the Roman Empire” or “The Rise of Hitler and the Third Reich”.
Those studying the Prophecies of Nostradamus say that he has indicated the possibility of a Third World War. Indeed, in some of his quatrains he mentions terrifying battles being fought with modern weapons and of events occurring in and around Europe, Asia and Africa which do not seem to have taken place till date. There is, however, a difference of opinion among the experts about the overall sequence of these events and most of all, their timing.
Russia’s top military commander has warned of nuclear war on its borders with Europe. General Nikolai Makarov said NATO’s eastward expansion meant the risk of Russia being dragged into conflicts had ‘risen sharply’.