I have no clue when it's going to start, (probably not very soon because most of the wars right now other than the war in Iraq with the involvement of the US, are more religious than anything else) but i've got my money on Israel. They have the best Air Force in the world. And they'll kick all of our asses.
P.S. The United States is not to blame for what goes on in the Middle East. Dumbass. Most of what goes on in the Middle East has been going on for 2000 years. Since before the birth of the United States. And it's mostly because there are radicals that believe their religious books are telling them to kill everyone that isn't their religion. It's not even the people's fault. There are millions of innocent people over there caught in a religous war brought about by a few tyrants that have drilled this destruction into a bunch of idiots and now they have to spread that death and destruction all over the flipping planet.
Most religious books are very peaceful books. Leave it to the radicals to screw it all up. Crazy asses.
And now the US will go in and stop it. As usual. And gas will keep rising. And taxes will go up. And welfare-ees will still get free groceries. I want free groceries. Dang.
I wouldn't say the majority, per se, but I can think of quite a few... like how we're fighting and killing many people in the Middle East for money is one of the main reasons. We attacked Iraq, a place where there were few terrorists, and the two places we should've gone if we'd invaded -- Syria and Saudi Arabia -- we didn't, because we get too much money from them. We sold Pakistan, a country fighting with India, nuclear weapons as long as they promised not to use them against India. >.> So, now that we've been fighting pointless wars for years now, we don't have enough troops. So we won't be prepared if North Korea attacks, and we wouldn't be prepared to assist Israel or Lebanon if the fighting escalated badly.
... I may be mistaken about some of this, though. I stopped following the new closely a while ago.
Hm, well if by world conflict you mean something like WW3, then i don't see it any time soon. Maybe in 50 or 100 years from now (when, on the other hand, i won't even care about wars and such) if the world will look completely different (politically speaking).
Today there are no two sides for a global conflict. I mean we don't have a bipolar world setup like during WW1, WW2 or The Cold War ("world wars are like so last year" ).Also there are no big oposing alliances like in the past. No one can stand up to the US: France&Germany (and the rest of the EU) are all talk, Russia isn't what it once was, and countries like Iran, Siria etc will share the fate of Irak if Bush decides he "don't like them arabs". But, on the other hand, the Irak invasion/liberation (which either one you like) was really expensive so i don;t see the boys in blue going to war in the near future.
Local wars like Israel-Lebanon (actually Hezbollah - if that;s how it's spelled) will happen in the future like they always have.