This will almost certainly begin the Third World War. It may take a month or two to unfold and play out over six months or so~ or it may go nuclear and advanced biological in less than two weeks ~ but it is certain to take the entire World into its darkest nightmare in human history.
Watching this play itself out is like watching a slow motion train wreck from before the wreck through to the bitter end.
From 9/11/01 till 9/11/08 has been a 'seven year period' of war, growing police state laws, and now economic crisis of ever-growing scope ~ rather like the Tribulation mentioned in the Bible. I mention this because, besides the "Operation Brimstone" name, what is unfolding is so massive and dramatic in scope ~ far greater of an impact, and compacted into a more "intense" shorter time frame of 21st Century warfare, than World War I or even World War II had on the human race ~ that it is literally biblical in scope. The period of regional wars (Afghanistan and Iraq), the Tribulation of the last seven years, is now morphing into global/World War involving nuclear and advanced biological strategic weapons of mass destruction.
On the level of the stated neo-con objective, using American power to make the Middle East safe for Israel, the neo-con strategy is a failure and about to become terminally so.
On the level of certain globalist super-elites, there is a "need" to "thin the herd". In other words, there are too many "unnecessary eaters" ~ us ~ in the world and a nice brief but hyper intense world war will allow a restructuring of things ~ a global corporatist restructuring of the corporatist one world/New World Order. Too bad most of us have to die to make it happen; of course, the rest get to be corporatist slaves in a new high tech police state with RFID chips/etc/etc.