What if the world were at war and didn’t know it?
Such an idea seems preposterous. Shouldn’t we know if we were in one? But the last major war in human memory was World War 2 which as this visualization shows was so obviously devastating it actually constituted one of the ‘peak’ catastrophes of the human species. It’s an outlier. To use The Big One as the semantic threshold would be to filter out the majority of conflict in history.
Since the ability to attack without actually triggering a response confers a distinct advantage, Russia has actually designed a form of warfare to evade the threshold of cultural psychology and avoid the detection of legalistic minds like president Obama’s. The approach is called hybrid warfare. ”Hybrid warfare is a military strategy that blends conventional warfare, irregular warfare and cyberwarfare. … By combining kinetic operations with subversive efforts, the aggressor intends to avoid attribution or retribution.”