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(CNN) -- On Thursday, President Bush said the fight against terrorism as the ideological struggle of the 21 and compared it to the 20th century's fight against fascism, Nazism, and communism.
We asked CNN.com readers to send in their thoughts on whether the U.S. is engaged in World War III. Here is a selection of responses, some of which have been edited:
I think that President Bush is trying to use scare tactics for political reasons. There is no comparison between the Iraq war and World War II or the Cold War. The bottom line is we invaded a country which was no threat to us and created a civil war. So many of our brave soldiers have died there and it has wasted so much money that could have been used to help people in our country.
The definition of a world war is battles of one group against another on several continents simultaneously. Since the Western powers and their allies are fighting terrorism in Asia, Europe, North America,and Africa to a smaller extent, then it would seem that, yes, we are fighting a world war, and by some counts this is No. 3.
It is time to take the Bush's petty political jargon out of the equation, get back with all our NATO friends, especially the ones with money, and start a reconstruction program that the whole world can participate in for the betterment of Iraq.
No, we're not in WW III, yet, but Duyba's just the man to take us there if he keep's up his belligerent, arrogant attitude with the rest of the world. We have an ignorant, dangerous man running this country and we need to do everything in our power to neutralize him. I suggest impeachment, ASAP.
Yes, this is the start of World War III. There is a confluence of tensions, such as Israel and it's Arab neighbors and Iran and the U.S. The Iraq War is serving as a powerful force of destabilization that will undo the whole lot. Also, this is really about oil, which is in tight supply. The whole industrialized world has a stake in the outcome.
Anyone who says this is World War III has lost their capacity for rational thought. As the name implies, World Wars engulf much of the world. Here we have a civil war in Iraq, skirmishes in Afghanistan, skirmishes in Lebanon, and occasional acts of terrorism in a few other parts of the world. Nothing close to a world war.
If we don't look back on History then this country is History. Bush wants the fight over there and so do I.
Of, course we are in World War III. The current administration's elite leadership has been planning this war for over twenty years. They are the fascists who want to control the worlds oil supply and destroy the nations of Islam.
The Bush administration has constructed a new enemy - terrorism - which is not an enemy at all but a series of predictable actions taken by those who have no other means of addressing wrongs committed against them. Bush is using this as a pretext for global war and domination.
Yes, we may be in World War III, but if we are, then it's worth the bloodshed to get rid of evil.
With violence spreading and increasing around the world, with the defiant nature of belligerent governments continually drawing lines in the sand, I don't see how a global conflict can be avoided. We are heading to a "winner take all" worldwide showdown, which will either alter the course of our future or obliterate everyone on the planet. And "W" will be right on the front lines of the destruction asking if we are with him or for him.
President Bush tells a veterans group Thursday that the United States is in a struggle against a single ideological movement that opposes freedom.