Debating whether the First World War was “worth it” aims at the wrong target. In 1918, Britain played a major part in liberating Belgium. We should celebrate the centenary of this great achievement. The cost was high, but it was the reason Britain declared war in 1914.
The contrast between 1914 and 1939 is stark. Britain entered the Second World War specifically to liberate Poland, but that country remained subjugated by the Soviet Union for many years. Fewer men were lost than in the First World War, but the financial cost was ruinous. Even 80 years later, historians are unable to study the Second World War dispassionately. Until that dreadful conflict is evaluated fairly and openly, the UK will continue to suffer from its tragic consequences.
Frederic Stansfield, Ramsgate