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  • no contest china russia and iran. unless the us pulls some dirty tricks from up their sleeve. like drop a few nukes on the opposing armies. China alone has an army much greater thamthe u.s. and europe combined. Combine thet with Russia and Iran who also have some pretty big armies and there is no way the US and europe can win without dirty tricks.
  • DOn't downgrade me. I love my country but. China, Russia and Iran. China has as many active troops and reserves as we have citizens (350MM) Russia has nukes and the system to deliver it and Europe has not been in a serious conflict in 60 years and has been lulled into apathy. Anyone who has been there knows this and sees the true feelings they have for us. Iran can with those allies mobilizer the middle-east cut our fuel supplies and destabilize our closest ally Britain from within. Without a pre-emptive nuclear strike we would be toast. It hurts me to say this but it is an honest answer.
  • No holds barred. The U.S. would win...without Europe. Keep in mind our Defense budget is equivalent to the next 17 countries combined. If we unleashed our full military capability (including nuclear), we could probably take over the entire world. But it would be a horrible, bloody apocalyptic scenario; Entirely unacceptable and immoral to the world and to the United States. Thank God, we would never do that.
  • Mutually Assured Destruction Situation. No winners left. We have better hardware, and people who are trained, they have sheer numbers, When "special" weapons become part of the senario, All bets are off.
  • who cares !.... Australia would then take its rightful place as the #1 country
  • Depends. Does the U.S. get to use Nukes? Oh, & does China get to use it's own inventions, if so, we're toast. China makes EVERYTHING.
  • Of course China Russia and Iran would win! The US is pretty awful at fighting wars-they don't have the stomach for it. Russia has the guts and intelligence, China has the numbers and the organisation. Iran wouldn't be much help. Europe would back off after a few weeks. Western countries just don't like suffering.
  • hey! britain wouldn't back off in such a war... the rest of europe may be dead, but britain is still highly militaristic and still, despite all the media and peaceloving, would pull through if it came under threat... who would win in a war? well neither side would use nukes due to that both would kill one another (mutually assured destruction).... if it came to conventional warfare, russia and china would quickly swamp through mainland europe by sheer numbers (just like china did to the UN in north Korea) however they would hit the english channel, where most likely the RAF and USAF combined with the Royal Navy and US navy would hold them at arms distance from britain (which would be a battle of britain 2)... in such a event the sheer strength of britain and the US in technology and personalle training would mean that none of the enemies numerical strength in manpower could overrun britain simply due to that they woulnd't eithier a.) gain air superioty and B.) have enough ships or logistics to use their weight of numbers to thier advantage by invading Britain... consequently it would become a air war, which the US and Britain would win... after that, considering china's population size, it is something like 90% dependent on imports to even feed its people, let alone sustain its economy, consequently, mobilise the combined might of the US and British (remember Britain by then would be on a war footing = massive military strength comapred to peace standing)Navies to blockade china of all resources.... china would collapse, after that, use Britain as a spring board to reinvade Europe, and push Russia back, as more of Europe are liberated, more personalle and manpower become available to the war effort = snow ball effect (i.e. getting continously stronger)- with Russia and China gone, the other nations would be wiped out pretty quickly... p.s. in such a situation the U.S and Britain would rely on oil and natural resources located on the american continent, and in the south atlantic...
  • America and its traditional ally’s would win with out a doubt. As far as Iran choking out oil supplies we can work around that. Canada for example, one of America's closest traditional ally’s is the second most oil rich nation in the world and have enough oil to supply western demand for the next hundred years. US weapons and military superiority (and a willingness to use those weapons), European strategic location and Canadian oil supplies tips the balance in our favor. Let’s hope a face off like this never happens.
  • The U.S. and Europe. Alot of these answers are a reflection of the ill-informed. Russia's military has a long way to go to catch up again with the west. The PRC has 1/28th the nuclear power of the U.S. It may indeed be engaged in a massive military buildup, but in view of today's thermonuclear weapons, troop strength is virtually meaningless. Russia, meanwhile, angered by Bush's intent to place ballistic missles in Poland and massive radar station in the Czech Republic, is endeavoring to reassert herself. Still, the arsenal of the U.S. remains a formidable triad and that combined with Britain's submarine-launched SLBM's and France's land and sea-based nuclear forces are not an obstacle easily overcome. The west would win but what would remain we may not wish to live with.
  • usa europe because we have india on our side and those aussies of course
  • The war would not "only" involve these countries. Japan would be immediately invaded by the Chinese. It would be too big a risk to have a US/EU base so close to the Chinese mainland. Australia would offer its help to the US/UK for fear of being invaded by a far superior force (no offence to my Aussie friends!). Every country in the Far East would get involved as a strategic battle for ground begins, it would go east first, then west. Most of the middle east would immediately back Iran. The Allies (UK/EU/US/ect) would be kicked out of Afghanistan by a classic pincer movement, China from the East, Russia from the North but then that would drag Pakistan into the war, they would attack FOR the allies from the south, possibly with the help of their long term enemies India (I can not see either of them backing a Russia/China force over a US/UK one). The winner of the battle for Afghanistan and all the other ex Soviet countries would have a huge advantage. If the allies could hold there then they could slowly push the Russians/Chinese back, or at the very least they would reach a stalemate. However, if the Russians/Chinese capture Afghanistan (ect) then they would be ideally placed for a push into Europe. Expect a battle of Britain 2 to be fought. This one would be MUCH more deadly! I dont believe there would be an out and out winner. Just a stalemate reached, treaties signed and then a reforming of old borders (France claiming back ground claimed by the Nazi's ect). However, all this is assuming the war does not go nuclear. If it does then, quite frankly, the only winners would be the rats and cockroaches. Expect EVERY major city in the world to be destroyed. Expect about 90% of humans to be killed. It would be terrible!
  • Essentially what your discussing is the predictable US-SINO war, the intervention of allies is to be considered. Iran who is really already ont he brink of war with america would be extremely likely, and they would bring with them the rest of the islamic countries, wether it be just financial and political support or more openly military support (possibly excluding Saudi Arabia). Of course the islamic african nations would be involved as china is already prompting them to unite against the US. Russia is dubious, they've often been taking the "sit back and watch" approach in more recent times. However you can be sure they would be behind the scenes working to aid china and co. Also south american allies who are anti-america such as Venezuala would be sure to join in the action (especially with the venezualan subarine in the gulf of mexico scenario). Pretty certain China would gain the full support of Pakistan due to recent tenions with the West, and they have been long term allies of china. America however would definately raise the support of Britain, the support of the rest of Europe remains uncertain as France and Spain have been denouncing Americas "War on Terroism" regime as a plot for oil in recent years. India would definately assist America partly due to Pakistans involvement and also part revenge for the sino-indian war in 1962. I would advise everybody reading this to not underestimate India's military and politcal power, weilding the third largest army in the world. There technology isn't as dated as before due to close relations with Israel, which has resulted in deals of over 2.4 billion. Israel would be another factor in the war, this is another powerful country which has a "war on terrorism" who is also a close ally of America. These allied countries of America all provide very strategic positions - India (Central Asia) Israel (Middle East) Australia (Naval Oppurtunities). The only possible strategic position in which China could hold on America is the South American countries. Hopefully this will provide you with a better outlook on todays allegiances and a better outlook on the likely countries involved in the next World War.
  • US & Europe, we have HOT weapons, the other ones fight a COLD war!
  • I believe that Russia, Iran, and China would win. China is still a Communist country and could force its population to join the army... Iraq has too many suicide bombers... And Russia is just Russia...
  • Out of sheer NUMBERS, the Yellow Peril and the Red Horde would win - we can't compete (without nuclear weapons) against a few BILLION people.
  • I would say that all the countries would be wiped of the face of the earth for the people that the bombs don't kill immediately would die soon through nuclear fallout.We all would be losers then.
  • I believe the US would win for 1 main reason. You know how China is so packed in well if we dropped a nuke it would kill millions of them. However without the nukes we would probably lose for being outnumbered. Plus dont forget about tibet if we free tibet we may get some allies along the way :)
  • i dont think this war would happen...instead of this i think in near future US(with allies) could wage a war on iran on the same pretext it used in iraq invasion. immediately many of opec countries mostly middle east countries would stop oil production to US n its allies. hugo chavez would support iran US wud use iraq n pakistan as their base, n even pakistan wud have to unwillingly support US against the wish of hardliners in pakistan, which wud create a total havoc in that region...terrorist n hardliners capturing the cities in pakistan n afganistan. n i can imagine hamas, hezbolla n syria fighting against israel. russia,china n india wud be nuetral. the result wud be a total havoc in midlle east n east asia n US backing off after some time,leaving many countries devastated...thats all US can do.
  • China, Russia, and Iran would win. They have the cannon fodder, the oil, and the position - along with a pile of nukes I think they'd use first.
  • I couldn't say. You might say that the US would be too busy bombing their own soldiers and making extensive use of 'soft targets' to win the war, but I think, like in the Iraq War, the people in between who never pick up weapons will lose. But it's not going to happen - just because neoliberalism is sweeping through the EU like an infectious disease, doesn't mean that most Europeans see the US as worth forming an alliance with.
  • Nobody would win.
  • You guys from the US need to stop blowing your own praises so much. You do have the best weapons in the world but you don't have the most well trained forces and are terrible diplomatically. If Russia did take any country in the Middle East it would be very difficult to take them back with the locals hating the West and in particular the US. You would need the help of your allies Britain and Europe to come out on top. If your training is so good why couldn't you win the Vietnam War? Most of your troops are made up of poorly educated young men from forgotten areas in the USA. There only option is to join the armed forces as they have no hope of getting a job in these economic black spots. Your armed services actively recruit these kids by hanging around at shopping centres and actually have sales targets for new recruits....this isn't what I would call a motivated strike force!
  • NOBODY ever wins a war.
  • er - have you heard the news? Russia's at war already! So's Iran, and the US... And an American's just been killed in China, at the Olympics, of all things... OK, I know this is an old question, I just saw it and it was badly timed! :) +
  • Hypothetical indeed! No-one could win such a war! The planet would be devastated and humanity would be reduced to levels where they could no longer do damage for a long time. Perhaps not such a bad thing as nature would be able to recover from the wounds we're inflicting upon it!
  • The USA and Europe would win this war because it would certainly go nuclear (there is no way we would allow ourselves to lose without using our unlimate weapons). After taking a few nuclear hits ourselves, we would quickly destroy Russia and China's ability to keep up with the nuclear barrage we would unleash upon them with ICBMs, bombers and submarines. They would be utterly destroyed. We would remain, although bloodied. But Russia and China would no longer exist. Iran is a non factor in the equation, as Israel would vaporize them.
  • I think both sides would use nukes and the world would be over.
  • It'd go nuclear real quick. No one.
  • Marcopolo you're talking bs, China and Russia have far more nuclear weapons than the west do on a 'per landmass you intend to blow up' basis... i.e the US has about the same amount of warheads as Russia but Russia alone is twice as large as the US. Basically it would have to either be a stalemate with the losers being the non superpower countries who's countries get fought over essentially as proxy wars between the superpowers. Or the worse alternative of nuclear war results in everywhere being pretty much annihalated and just have to see if the human race survives at all at which point territorial boundaries will be irrelevant anyway. So basically IF war did breakout in this manner, no one would win at all. This should be pretty obvious really as all the countries involved have Nuclear weapons which theoretically would be used as a last resort if said country was losing a war by conventional means. So either conventional war doesn't go that far, or we all get destroyed by Nuclear war, there literally will be no winners and lots of losers. Good reason not to bother with it really and just try to get along instead, but that's wishful thinking I feel...
  • Usa and its allies would come the closest to winning, but heres how the war would go.... most likely it would be started with china declaring war on america then then there would be the picking of sides china would most certainly pick russia, while america gets England, maybe france, spain, germany, and italy. Iran would quickly join the war and pull most of the middle east with them. now the fighting starts, America would focus troops in the middle east to protect a constint flow of oil ( if saudi arabia stoped selling to america it would have to force them or take a huge war time debt) it would also focus some of them in eastern europe to help against the advances that russia would make, and lastly they would focus on securing the south asia ( India, vietnam, etc) in the process getting India the second most populated country to join tere side of the war. The Europian forces would focus on not letting the advancing russians and china men in to europe. Europe would be the deadliest battlefield in the beggining of the war taking hitts from the russians to the east and hits from the chinese mobolized North Africans. China would take japan and try to take australia meeting heavy resistance from Allie navy. Iran would constantly try to cut of allie oil flow making the middle east another deadly battlefield. Now is when every stratigic move comes in to effect. From here america would mobalize India with advanced weoponaries in preparation for an invasion of china, this is were the second half of the war starts and the southwest of china is the deadliest battlefield, as american and indian forces try to take the southwest portion of china Allie naval forces meet chinese and russian forces in the sea of japan, and seeing how the allie naval forces are much stronger than the chinas and russias naval forces. At this point china has a choice to make mass mobalize there large population ( witch would be the stupid thing to do since chinas workforce would fall apart and soon after there economy) or they could surrender. after China surrendors Iran will to, and then since nobody wonts to be another japan ( they were the last to surrendor in ww2 and got nuked for it) Russia will surrendor. The good thing for america would be that they no longer owe china billions of dollars.
  • I think the United States would undoubtedly win a conventional war for a very simple reason: the US has command of the sea and the air. No other country can project its military power throughout the world as can the US. China may have enormous manpower, but that will not do much good unless they can transport them to our shores and provide them with tactical and logistical support.
  • Assuming that we could get the French to switch sides, and the Dutch Army to go on strike, so that it would pretty much be the US & UK with tactical and moral support from the Italians, the Spanish, the Poles, the Germans and the rest of Eastern Europe, then we'd find ourselves fighting the Russians only. (With their dithering allies, the French.) The reason for that is that the Israelis would obliterate Iran at the first actual move that they made against the Western alliance. They'd probably kick ass in Iraq, too, on their way home next day. The Chinese would do the most damage simply by calling in their loans to us, and suspending shipment of consumer goods. In the process of trying to collect their money, most of the world would go bankrupt. The war would end with a whimper of debt, and if China didn't resume sending us their container loads of consumer goods, then we'd probably threaten to go nuclear, and settle for a 75% sale at Wal-Mart. The Indians would probably come out on top, and would have such a booming economy that they'd have to outsource their call center jobs back to the US, where we'd be happy to have them.
  • china has more population than the rest of the world, I don't think anyone wants to go to war with china. I think they would win and the rest of the world knows it. If they didn't beat us by sheer numbers alone the cessation of china made goods to the rest of the free world would be devastating
  • I would want US and Europe. I would love to see United Staetes and United Kingdom team up. Unite the Uniteds.
  • Okay is this really a question thay should be asked. Lets start with who declares war first if the West did then Russia, China and Iran would be hit so hard by the top 50 special forces (excluding spetnaz)in the world that by the time the The East (Russia, China, and Iran) were able to do anything the supreme airpower of Nato with their state of the line airforce and overpowering navy would cripple the East before they can even start to think of a plan of attack. Now lets get to individual man training. With the European countries alone they have 6 of the top 10 trained armies in the world and would by themselves kick Russias ass. This would Leave Iran verses India and Isreal cause if this war would to take place the whole commonwealth would rush to britians side and so would any other western allie there is. Isreal would kick the crap out of Iran which would leave only China. Although N.Korea would join the East Blo the US would just roll right over them with their more advance and better army in general. The Chinese would have to face India who almost has the same army as China just with a few set backs that i'm sure the West would help even the odds. So in general this is a very bad question cause before nukes are even used the West would **** up the East so badly that by the time Vladimir Putin went home to cry to his mom England, Canada, and the US would be trying to decide who gets what. Oh ya Russia and China together don't even match up to numbers of wmd of Isreal has.
  • India, maybe? But probably nobody...
  • No Winners and No Survivors, now each return to there own corners and come up with something else or else, there are biologicals that will insure no winners and no survivors of ANY KIND no matter what happens, unless of course each stays within there own countries and solves there own problems with there own talent and resources, and stop waisting so much on "solutions" that are NOT real solutions to begin with then maybe just maybe that light at the end of the tunnel is NOT an on coming train, which it is at this point in time it's big it's fast and IT IS unstoppable Unless ... ... Insanity Anyone ... how about just go home ... ~Nemo~
  • Think about it.Do you ever really WIN a war?
  • some annomous perosn said iran hate america? get ur facts right first maybe? iran and america love each other they design all kinds of weapons togtether and between 2009 and 2019 america are expected to spend 30 billion dollars on irans deffence. im british btw lol
  • well first if in the event that that day would ever come and Russia, Iran, and China decide to invade Europe it'll be quite a blitz. China would most likely invade Japan to cut off America's foothold in the far east. Russia and China's tanks and 1.7 trillion man army would push through like locusts. Expect some of the middle east countries to fall within days, Norway Sweden and the other northern countries will fall almost instantly. A main target would most definetly be the middle east for the oil fields to fuel such a large army. You guys have to remember thanks to our glorious prez dubya americas army is stretched thin, under manned and exhausted. same thing with our friends the brits. i'm sure we would be able to hold the line but no before being pushed into western europe. now india although they have a large and technological military they wouldnt be able to hold out without help from australia and whoever else if russia and china decides to push south if they see them as a threat. if oh canada joins which im pretty sure they would the uk would have a fighting chance. i'm sure russia will fill the north atlantic with akulas and typhoons but dont under estimate the us navy so that supply route will be open. this is exciting to theorize on such an event...but again china and russia wouldnt risk invading and starting a war unless they were desperate for resources or blocked from doing something they wanted to do by the UN or whoever they are part of... then they would go dubya on us and invade... now if it goes nuclear follow these steps... duck and cover under your classroom desk!!
  • The US/EU Will be trying to fire all there nukes first. Who ever does it first will win because it wouldn't make sense not to. The Russians and Chinese know this too so its to who ever starts nuking first. It most be a surprise attack to destroy that whole country. The CIA already have plans for that unless they are stupid.
  • i think there would be more of a politicial war to begin wiv, the sheer number of troops that could potentially be invlved would out weight any war before, with the nuclear weapons it would be a case of who fires first then theres no stopping it. I love my country but britain would be cut of within weeks and could not sustain a war. Russia have more nuclear weapons than any one but cant afford to fire them, but with finacial aid from its allies who knows what they are capable of. America are the most advanced army on the plannet but with a looming fear of all out nuclear war everyone would be at stale mate, it would ultimatelly end to much human life, britain and america would fight till the end if needs be but the french would surrender like so many other times throughout history, ultimately the only winner is the cockroach
  • Many factors have to be considered when your thinking of a war between the U.S. and china. Would allies of the U.S. and China enter the war? The United States has all the members of NATO, UK, France, Israel, etc. China has North korea, Vietnam, Iran, and possibly Russia. If a war did start between the U.S. and China, In my opinion there would be no allies because Americas allies have close economic ties with Russia, and China's allies all are considered heavily unstable, and could not risk a war with the U.S, same with Russia who even so does so is not so close with China. If a war started it would most likely not go nuclear unless the war was prolonged. The war would definitely not include any invasion of the United States, as China does not have the resources or even the capability of pulling such a move. However the United States would most likely base an invasion from North Eastern China and Southern CHina, Using Taiwan, and South Korea as bases of their invasion. In order to stage the invasion, the waters would have to be clear. The U.S. would send in its massive fleet of 12 aircraft carries, which could easily mock the small fleet of 2 aircraft carriers china has. This includes up to 200 ticonderoga class cruisers, Arleigh Burke class frigates, and its massive fleet of submarines, 83 of them that to could mock the small fleet of 60 old chinese submarines. The most likely winner would be the United States, opening a pathway for amphibous transport docks and other transport vessels and the aircraft carriers to launch a massive invasion in in both NE and S China. The RCAF (Republic of China AIr force) would most likely have the ability to cause serious damage to any attempt of a beach invasion, and would have to be weakened heavily before any invasion could be possible. Also before any invasion is possible, supply routes must be guaranteed from taiwan and south korea. Once this is finished, if it can be, the U.S. would launch massive invasions in NE and S china. The Chinese military would mobilize its forces, by around this time of the war the army of china could consist of up to 45 million soldiers. Many people say that china would easily out performe the US because it would get hundreds of millions of soldiers to join the war. However, this is heavily inacurate. China does not have the economic ability to pay those soldiers even with the low pay they recieve, and around this time both the US and china are in a severe economic crisis. 45 million is already a large amount compared to the U.S.'s estimated 20 million soldiers. Back to the invasion, the heavily weakened RCAF would most likely be able cause very little damage to the invading US force, and most likely would be unable to stop the B-2 bombers from slamming chinese forces with V-2 and V-3 guided missles along with bunker busters. Even though weakened, the Chinese force would most likely still clash with the US forces, leading to a massive battle. This battle would be fought in S and NE china. Lets think. Chinese army force: est. 45,000,000 soldiers Training: Minimum United States army force: est: 20,000,000 soldiers Training: medium-expert Ground warfare (tanks, artillery etc): Chinese ground force: up to 10,000 artillery peices, 8,000 tanks etc Total power: medium United States ground force: 10,000 tanks, 15,000 artillery peices, mobile launchers and air defense about 8,000 Total power:medium-expert Chinese air force: about 3,000 fighter aircaft, 1500 attack aircraft, 400 bombers, etc helicopters 4,000 total power: Medium (or below depending on damage done by US air force United States air force: about 5,000 fighter aircraft, 2,300 attack aircraft, 850 bombers, etc 4,000 helicopters Total power: Medium (possibly expert depending on damage done by RFAC) Its obvious that china would most likely tip the balance in army force, however, the tremendous force would render the soldiers most likely untrained. In ground warfare however, and air warfare the US would dominate, leaving the skys open for bombers and for tanks and mobile launchers to do heavy damage to the chinese force. however, you must remember that his is chinese territory, they know it better then the US, getting supplies is easier, etc. The US would need to guarentee supply routes, or the invasion would be usless. This battle could just end up to be a massive clash of human bloodshed, but strategically it looks that the US could pull it off. If the US managed to make it this far, both countries are most likely in the midst of economic crisis's. China, being invaded from 2 areas, and in a magor economic repurcussion, most likely will go nuclear if the war is prolonged. However if the US air force managed to make it far enouygh into china, then the air force might be able to destroy China's nuclear cabiliblty if it acts fast enough. however if nukes were launched anti-ICBM warheads stationed on almost every destroyer in the US navy even today would be launched, hopefully destroying the remaining nukes launched from china. Remember, even china knows this is a last resort, because they are risking a deadly retalation from the US if a nuke makes it to the shores, but the nuke would have to survive the us air force, make it throught the anti-icbms from the navy, ALaska, and california. still if a nuke made it through the US would most likely retaliate with a even deadlier nuclear attack. THis most likely wokuld not happen though, as the nuke probaly wouldnt make it through. In the end, the US would probaly push china so far into economic debt or push so far in an invasion that China would most likely surrender or a armistice would be signed. However, even though war has proven very useful for the US economy in the past, the US has been known to have been very dependible on the chinese eeconmy, and it could take the US years to go out of a possible depression that could be caused. China would most likely go into anarchy and civil war because of the extremely harsh economic times. The est. losses could be in the ten millions, with maybe 2 million dead US soldiers, and maybe 8 million dead chinese soldiers, this also with civilian loss could be up to 60 million. This is assuming no nukes are fired or hit the targts. Hopefully, no war will happen between the two powerful countres, but in the answer to the question, most likely the United States.
  • As a Briton. I think it would be China and Co. who would win. Simply because the are very unpredictable and are more likely to use WMDs and have better nuclear capabilities. Iran would gather Uranium, Russia would make the warhead and China would make the missiles with their ,frankly, insane production capabilies. As for our friends Isreal, India and Australia,. Yes they would be very strategic positions being so close to the enemy, but they would be quickly overrun and/or nuked into dust. As would every other country opposing them. Unless the Americans would be kind enough to put some big-ass weapons on their sattelites. :)
  • The Russians dont need china or iran they would demolish the us and Europe in a flash the russians only tell you about the little A bombs and technology they have you think they really want to give out there countrys secrets who knows what there hiding and what makes you think the Europeans would join forces with the US we would be alone.
  • We would all annihilate ourselves with nuclear weapons and only roaches, Twinkies, and mutated stuff would survive.
  • the roaches, they will be the last ones standing after this hypothetical war escalates into full contact global thermal nuclear war.
  • accully u.s. would win because altho i agree china would win many land batles but to really beat the usa they would have to cross the pacific ocean and invade but with our unmached navy and air force they wouldnt get witin striking distance but erupoe and all them might fall.russia would pose a challege but they are all army no anything else and as ww2 has told us the country with air and sea suppioraty wins... but then nukes come to the piture then we would go for peace out of hope not to extint humainity but most of the countries of the world would die so really none would win
  • This is a tough one to call, it is like the Might vs the Multitude. The Western Allies are better organised, and have superior equipment, however, the Chinese, Russian, Iranian alliance has a good geographic position, an inexhaustible supply of manpower and would control most of the worlds oil supply. Both sides have Nuclear weapons, chemical and biological weapons. However, the West would have far air and sea supremacy. We would have to get our forces out of Afghanistan, as they are totally surrounded by hostile powers there, and then consolidate our ground forces in places like Australia and Eastern Europe. Iran would undoubtedly mobilise the Islamic world, and cut off oil from the gulf. I think this would develop into a war of attrition, and i think we (the Western allies) could win this. First, hold the ground we already hold. Second, Establish our air and naval supremacy. Third, once we have the air and seas secure, we can start to take out the cities of our opponents and hollow out their armies, destroy tanks, factories, supply lines. Weaken this Iranian,Russian, Chinese block from within, until they are no longer able to fight. In boxing terms they would be punching shadows whilst we hold them at bay making constant quick jabs until they collapse. The war would probably take about 10 years to win, but we could do it. This is providing neither side has gone for the nuclear option.

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