I don't want to sound fatalistic. But I firmly believe the fight against terrorism, while very important, may be the beginning phases of something huge two decades or so from now. The Soviet Union collapsed 15 years ago, and the threat of WWIII was thought to be gone. For the time being, that is true. But as we fight terrorism, the Middle East will transform. Capitalism will take over the Middle East and will defeat the ideology of terrorism. When terrorism dies down, Russia and China will suffer politically, economically, and will feel they must respond militarily. We're the world's lone superpower, and the Chinese don't want it to remain that way. China and Russia have signed treaties together. Capitalism in the Middle East will raise the GDP there, and it will hurt the oil contracts Russia had with that region. It will also hurt the military contracts China had with that region. The North Korean government will reform by that time, whether we take Kim Jong Il out, or his regime collapses. China and Russia will see an expanding American empire by virtue of American ideals. Now while Russia is a democracy, it is a half-assed democracy. There are many Russian politicians and Russian generals that have the mindset of communists and hate the fact that the very ideals that had the Soviet Union fall apart are the same ideals that are defeating terrorism, as the cost of the Russian economy. In two decades or so, what you will see is something beyond our imagination. All of this stuff about al-Qaeda and Iraq will seem like nothing. There will be a coup in Russia, and it will become a communist dictatorship once again. One by one, the New Soviet Union will start to take over Arab states that just recently reformed to capitalist countries, and one by one Russia will inch closer and closer to Germany, France, and Italy. The EU's socialist agenda will not satisfy the diehard communists and the fact that the UK and Italy will try to break away from the EU, will piss off the Russians. As for China, China will take over Taiwan. China will go after Korea, as well... and it will end up confronting Japan. World War III will be fought on three fronts... it will start with a Russian attack on the main European countries, like Germany and Italy. (France may sign a non-aggression treaty, which the Soviets will break). The other front with be against the Russians in the Middle East. As for China, China will attack Japan and India and that will spark the third front. WWIII will actually bring peace between Pakistan and India as they will fight side-by-side against the Chinese and it will bring peace between the Israelis and Palestinians as they fight side-by-side against the Russians. Some former Soviet states and some people within Korea may rise up and fight us. It will probably last 7-8 years and there will be many wars within the war. It will be a war of liberation. The liberation of Italy, Germany, Korea, India, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, etc. It would go nuclear, considering China has over a billion people. We will develop SDI by then and nuclear ICBMs won't damage us that much. We may lose two or three cities at the beginning of the war. And our SDI will allow us to USE nukes without the fear of retaliation, so we will use them wisely. WWIII will not be an all-out nuclear war for years at end. But maybe once or twice a year, throughout the war, another city will get nuked. China has three cities with over 12 million people.