... then it would be between the Islamic forces vs Christian forces. Islamic forces of W. asia [mostly] plus Indonesia and maybe Malaysia. Population advantage lies with muslims even today, though marginally. Military advange lies with xians, overhelmingly for NOW. But will it be so in future, say another 50 years on? In international affairs, 50 years is a loooong time period. Muslims might attain hi-tech, not looks feasible today. But who knows the future? Who has surveyed the future by time travel? Even today, EU is not a unified entity as it is trotted out to be. Of course, muslims too are so monolithic in regional affairs. But again, who knows. A perceived and acknowledged Mehdi and things change dramatically. Can you rule out a Mehdi imposing himself on muslims by force of arms? *** With islamic and xian forces poised, former having bridgeheads in certain countries like Bulgaria, Central Asian states[mostly muslim majority, some might have former Soviet nukes too] etc. Paksitan, B'desh, Indonesia have large muslim populations and can provide man power, enough of it. Sheikhs have enough oil and enough petro dollars to stock up military hardware, which they are anyway doing. Future war reserves?? What about Russia? It is already beset with islamic terror, which is bound to increase. China? I believe it would like to be neutral, waiting till 11th hour. It wouls be hoping that the slugfest would end in a such a stalemate that neither muslims nor xians would be winners, rather both would be losers. Moreover, it does not have a large muslijm population within its borders. What about India? India would be the deciding factor. It can keep large Pakisatani and B'desh forces pinnned down. It might block off Indonesia. But can India dare to enter the fray? Noooo... A very large muslim population might arise to thwart India, rather might see a golden chance to establish nizam-e-mustafa. AND, they would have many non muslims' support too. Without active support from India, xians cannot win. And India may not DARE to be active!! Don't forget that India might still be an active belligerent, suppressing the muslim dissent. Also sicxkular dissent. A moment of truth, Survival vs Secularism. Which is SUPREME? *** Of course I leave many questions un-answered. But we got enough stragists here work it out. Or do we?