posted on Aug, 4 2014 @ 07:00 AM
If the truth were understood, then there would be no 'good guys' around at the start of WWI. There was only the limitless advance of militarism on
all sides and an implacable sense of nationalism to back it up.
Germany and Britain were in a competition to build dreadnoughts, France helped Russia build the railroads which could bring troops to the German
border. Austria/Hungary had its sights set on strangling Serbia.
While European populations basked in the peaceful luxury of a half century, their militaries built up strength with a passion. No-one believed that
war was on the horizon and, if any small conflict should arise (as in the Balkans), everyone thought it would be contained to that area.
When all those millions who died in the trenches are counted up, I wonder what, exactly, was won... who were the victors and losers? What was
Beyond any doubt in my mind, the end result was a re-drawing of maps in Paris (1919) and a whole new round of ill-will was spawned, leading us into
WWII and today into the mess we see in the ME.
So, no, I refuse to celebrate/commemorate WWI. The slaughter of millions over 4 years, regardless of which side did what to whom, brought us only more
death and destruction over the 20th century and, with an eye to the 21st, promises to continue that trend.