Britain’s blunder into war
Sir, – Britain’s entry into the First World War was the greatest error it made in its first two centuries of existence.
Apart from nearly one million servicemen lost, the cost was catastrophic. It was left in a much diminished state both strategically and economically with vast debts and many of its highly skilled work force crippled.
Even if Germany had defeated France and Russia, the new Germandominated Europe would have been much weaker than the British empire in naval and financial terms.
Given the resources we had in 1914, a better strategy would have been to wait and see what transpired because the Kaiser was no Hitler.
Of course arguments about honour resonate today, as they did in 1914, but too high a price can be paid for
medieval notions of chivalry.
Britain had a tradition of realism in foreign policy and the fact is it would have been far better to consider the national interest rather than an outdated treaty with Belgium. Rev Dr John Cameron. Howard Place, St Andrews.