Top UK military chief warns Covid crisis ‘like the build-up to World War Two’
Britain’s top military chief has sounded a chilling warning that the coronavirus crisis is a lot like the lead up to World War Two.
General Sir Nick Carter says the pandemic's economic fall-out will bring "security challenges" – just like those faced in the 1930s.
The Chief of the Defence Staff even hinted that it could lead to international warfare.
The Great Depression was sparked by an economic crisis and helped fascist leaders rise up across Europe.
Now Sir Nick warns the world needs to be braced for a possible fall-out in the years ahead.
He told The Telegraph: "What you generally find with a crisis like this, which becomes an economic crisis, is that it then undermines the stability and security situation as well.
"What often follows a very significant economic event is a security challenge.
"If you look at the 1930s, that started with a significant economic crash, and that acted as a very destabilising feature.
"There are moments in history when significant economic challenges have led to security challenges because they act as a destabiliser."
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Although there has been "some unity with the vaccine" people have also "put up nationalist barriers", he said.
That, the military chief claimed, does "not exactly help you with security and stability".
However, the biggest challenges will come when the pandemic cools.
"We will be confronted with a couple of big choices," he told the publication.
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"There will be a big choice between totalitarian surveillance and citizen empowerment, and there will be a big choice between global solidarity and nationalist isolation."
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Sage member Professor John Edmunds has warned that the virus is not going anywhere any time soon even with the vaccine rollout.
According to Prof Edmunds, we are likely to not see the back of Covid-19 until the end of 2021 due to new variants mutating, The Independent reports.
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