The Tribune (NZ) - - WELCOME - – Richard

It’s been said that the ‘war to end all wars’ has never ended. The world’s first in­dus­trial scale con­flict didn’t just cause un­prece­dented car­nage on the bat­tle­field. Its long shud­der­ing af­ter­math has kept on deal­ing death.

World War I pro­vided the step­ping stones for Fas­cist dic­ta­tor­ships and the in­evitabil­ity of World War II. It gave Bol­she­vism the boost it needed to cre­ate its east­ern Euro­pean, and af­ter World War II, its Asian blocs, and the lin­ger­ing nu­clear an­ni­hi­la­tion-threat­en­ing Cold War.

If the 1914 – 18 war could be likened to an off-the-Richter-scale earth­quake, the world is still suf­fer­ing the bru­tal af­ter­shocks.

On Mon­day, as we pause to re­flect on the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice made by those hus­bands, fathers, broth­ers, and sons, it’s also sober­ing to re­alise ‘‘we learn from his­tory that we learn noth­ing from his­tory’’, and in any war, hu­man­ity is al­ways the loser. –

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