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Google Searches For 'World War III' Spike In Popularity

| by Brendan Kelly

Google searches for "World War III" are reportedly higher than ever, Google data shows.

Google Trends indicates President Donald Trump's recent military action has many on edge, Mashable reports. Searches for "World War III" are at an all time high.

The data shows searches for World War III peaked on April 7, one day after Trump launched 59 missiles toward a Syrian airfield in response to a chemical weapons attack that left at least 70 civilians dead.

Since April 7, searches for World War III have remained much higher than usual, revealing a lingering fear that the president may lead the country into war.

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The U.S. also dropped a bomb on Afghanistan on April 13, which was so powerful that it has been nicknamed the "mother of all bombs," which likely contributed to the search term continuing to trend.

The last time the term "World War III" spiked to a comparable level of popularity was in November 2015, when terrorist attacks in Paris left 137 people dead. 

Political expert Alexei Mukhin notes that searches for WWIII were especially prevalent in Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, according to Sputnik.

"Have you ever heard of the Australian or New Zealand armed forces? I haven't either," Mukhin said in an interview with Radio Sputnik. "I believe that this is the reason behind the concern of the peaceful inhabitants of these countries: they suddenly feel completely unprotected."

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Mukhin said he believes recent military action from the U.S. played a crucial role in the widespread concern about another world war:

For many years, the U.S. has been presenting itself as a guarantor of freedom, an example of a global conscience and an exceptional nation. I am quoting here American presidents and their representatives. And now, it decided to suddenly drop a giant bomb on Afghanistan, launch missile strikes on a Syrian base and directly threaten a sovereign state with an "armada." This behavior, of course, caused a surge of emotions in those countries that unconditionally believed in the peace-loving nature of the United States, and now they are extremely disappointed.

President Trump announced on April 11 that an "armada" was headed to North Korea as a show of force from the U.S., after North Korea made military advances, carrying out a number of missile tests and revealing plans to conduct a sixth nuclear test.

"We are sending an armada," Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network. "Very powerful. We have submarines. Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. That I can tell you."

Sources: MashableSputnik / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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