Source: The Sun
By Neal Baker, Tom Gillespie and Mark Hodge
PRESIDENT Trump’s missile attack on the Syrian regime has caused a spike in tension between the United States and Russia.
The whirlwind assault was in response to evidence showing brutal dictator Bashar al-Assad dropped chemical weapons on a rebel-held town.
Trump ordered two US Navy warships to launch 59 Tomahawk missiles which rained down on an air base near Homs.
Evidence suggests that it was from here that regime planes carrying the murderous gas bombs took off, according to the President.
The UK called the deadly riposte — which completely destroyed the base and killed personnel — an “appropriate” response to Assad’s barbaric slaughter of around 100 people, including children.
But in a sign of how risky the move was, the Pentagon revealed that it had given prior warning to the Russians before launching the missile strike.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent more than 4,000 troops to Syria, backed by planes to support Assad, who has been accused of horrific war crimes.
Some claim the action, consistently avoided under the Obama administration despite his talk of a “red line” being crossed, may eventually pave the way to conflict between old foes America and Russia.
But others believe the move has made war less of a possibility, including Britain’s former ambassador to Moscow, Sir Anthony Brenton, who believes that while Putin is gearing up for war, he doesn’t really want one because his military is ‘weaker’ than the West’s.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror in October last year, he said: “They do not want war. They would lose.
“These shows of strength are not an intention to fight, but a signal that fighting must be avoided.”
But if a third global conflict does break out, how will it start, where would it start, what will it look like, and who’s going to win?
Who would win the war?
This is an impossible question to answer with any certainty, but if you are basing it solely on hardware it would seem the US is in the best position to win.
The US is the only country in possession of fifth-gen fighter jets – 187 F-22s and an F-35 that is not yet out of the testing phase.
Russia is developing one stealth fighter and China is working on four.
In terms of submarines the US Navy has 14 ballistic missile submarines with a combined 280 nuclear missiles.
They also possess four guided missile submarines with 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles each and 54 nuclear attack submarines.
Russia has only 60 submarines but they are said to have outstanding stealth capabilities.
They are also developing a 100-megaton nuclear torpedo.
China has five nuclear attack submarines, 53 diesel attack submarines, and four nuclear ballistic missile submarines to date.
However, the emerging superpower is developing more.