Even though it is not on TV news, one of the fastest growing and most consolidated trends in the world during the last three years has been the general rearmament of armies: from Morocco to [Japan](https://mainichi. jp/english/articles/20200922/p2g/00m/0na/018000c), from a Brazil wanting to become a continental gendarme to an Australia wanting to do the same in the Indian and the Pacific.
The increase of armed clashes and skirmishes directly between great powers, beyond the dimensions of the combats between proxy forces in different scenarios. We are talking about armored vehicles shooting at each other in Syria, bombardments of border artillery or clashes between fighter planes from Alaska to the Mediterranean. The kind of things that, when its frequency crosses a certain threshold, warn of a change in background. Something that, in the end, is also reflected in the level of verbal violence in official relations. The current tone would have seemed unimaginable between countries not engaged in open warfare even during the cold war. It is not only that the spectre of war is once again present as a distant and unpleasant threat. War, the prospect of a great war involving the great powers, is now part of the normal political conversation in the English-speaking world, and in Asia it has been for some time. In China, even immediate scenarios are discussed in the media, and the army says it is preparing for a military attack before the November presidential elections in the United States.