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world′ war′

a war that involves most of the principal nations of the world.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: war - a war in which the major nations of the world are involved
war, warfare - the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war"
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However, those who question the motives behind Podhoretz's enthusiasm for World War IV, or believe that his belligerent Zionism poses a far greater threat to world peace than "Islamofascism" -- a nebulous concept that lumps together disparate entities such as Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, Iran and Al Qaeda -- are invariably smeared as anti-Semites.
Like the Cold War, World War IV will last for decades, and will be waged overseas and on the home-front.
I would like to reiterate a quote from Albert Einstein: "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
Here we are with our country engaged in what author Norman Podhoretz rightly has called World War IV (World War Ill being the Cold War), with Americans serving not just in Iraq and Afghanistan, but 'all over the world, trying to keep us safe here in the U.
The war on terror is certainly not a World War IV, except for people who do not know what these numbered world wars actually entailed.
Thus, September 11 was, in the view of neoconservative legend Norman Podhoretz, the first shot of World War IV.
Religious fanatics waging World War IV have all four of the above factors working against them.
The Welsh electropop prince launches his second assault on the charts - World War IV - on September 27.
Taking as his theme the topic of regime change in Iraq, Mr Woolsey, predicted World War IV.