Who starts wars? Wars start when industrialists disagree. With nothing to gain by war, industrialists will sue for for peace. Billionaires work the international market. The war in Syria is being fought over economic issues just as are all wars. The war in Syria mostly relates to petroleum and pipeline issues. The non-petroleum industrialists have nothing to gain from a world war. Probably the industrialists on both sides which are behind the various countries war efforts would rather lose their initiative in Syria than lose even more in the event of an all out world war.
Americans mostly believe that even though they have no representation in congress, our government is controlled from within the United States. In the light of reality, that is not true. The moneyed interest which control the government in the U.S. also control the Russian government. They are highly influential in China also. These folks are not going to let the world’s militaries destroy their markets.
The biggest cash cow the billionaire class has are the asset enhancement initiatives being carried out by our Federal Reserve and the rest of the world’s central banks. The money made by virtue of having government drive up their investments is so great, the rich are even losing the incentive to innovate. Who really needs to do anything if government is going to pay you for just being rich?
A crisis or a potential crisis causes traders who unwittingly think they are participating in an actual market to take bearish positions in the stock market. Short positions are initiated in anticipation of a decline as the crisis worsens. Short sellers must buy back the shares they have sold without owning them at some point. They cover very quickly when the market goes against them. They become the fuel that launches the market into recovery.
Most likely the almost at war crises will be converted into an attempt to launch the stock averages to new highs. Watch for a sudden resolution to the issues in Syria and for that to be accompanied by some of the most wonderful news possible. The chances are all of this will be used as an opportunity to create huge gains for the financially elite who are the only group your government actually serves.