World War 100

World War I began 100 years ago today, July 28, when the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war upon the Kingdom of Serbia. That wasn’t the first event that set things in motion (that was, of course, the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and Sophie), but it was a very important link in the chain.

The events it sent in train were unknown to any of the players at the time.

Would they have done what they did if they knew that both of their nations would be among the casualties?

Would they have done what they did if they thought they were unleashing trench warfare, chemical warfare, and all the other grim updates to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Would they have done what they did if they knew their actions were a link in the chain that would lead directly to millions of deaths, and leave a Europe so unstable than an even more destructive war would follow, soon?

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We’ll never know. They did what they thought best, and opened the Gates of Hell.

8 thoughts on “World War 100

  1. Aesop

    WWI stands as a sobering reminder to always assume that TPTB have their heads firmly up their fourth point of contact, to never, ever say either to yourself or out loud “They couldn’t possibly be that stupid, could they?”

    1. Bill T

      to Aesop,
      TPTB truly do have their heads inserted about as far up as possible. It may even be another corollary to “Murphy’s Law”. The higher you go into and up the Ivory Tower, The firmer the insertion gets!

    2. Y.

      WWI stands as a sobering reminder to always assume that TPTB have their heads firmly up their fourth point of contact, to never, ever say either to yourself or out loud “They couldn’t possibly be that stupid, could they?”

      The foreign relations situation at the time was so complex that no one human could’ve predicted what would actually happen with any degree of confidence.

      There’s a very thick book about the origins of WWI. Goes into some detail. Basically what one can take from it was that had Serbians killed the Archduke in January or December that year, something completely different might have happened.

      If you want to blame anyone, blame the French. They were spoiling for a re-match very hard and were still oh-so-bitter about losing Alsace & Lorraine..

      They kept supplying the Serbs (who were even nastier* pieces of work back then) with loans and weapons so they could keep carving out greater Serbia and in the process thwart Austrian efforts in the Balkans.

      * their gov’t and military was still riddled with members of a secret society which masterminded the 1903 coup. In which the king and his wife were killed, mutilated and then thrown out of the windows of the royal palace.
      Same person who masterminded that coup, a colonel, was behind the 1914 assassination. And he also tried and failed to assassinate Franz Josef in 1911..

      1. Wise Cave Owl

        and what’s even more interesting: in 1917 at Salonika, when the Serbs were completely under the French thumb, Col. Apis and his top lieutenants were tried and executed over faked “treason” charges. This is one guy the froggies did not want writing any post-war memoirs…

  2. Wise Cave Owl

    The French (that is, Poincare and his crowd) knew exactly what they wanted – return of the “Lost Provinces” and Germany prostrate – and so did the Serbs: their own Balkan Empire, alias “Yugoslavia”. Yugoslavia is gone with the wind, but I note that the French are still camped out in Alsace-Lorraine, and Germany reduced to a pale shadow of Bismarcks’ Grossdeutschland. So there’s your local winner: the prime post-1870 instigator. In the larger sense, the two-phase WorldWar transitioned the planet from British Empire to American Hegemony, a hegemony which is now giving way to Global Chaos.

  3. Bill T

    When you see the Major world powers join together to surround and attack Israel, that’s when the REAL BUTT KICKING WILL TAKE PLACE. It is Biblical Prophesy. You can believe it or disbelieve it (Your Choice at your peril). I personally don’t see how things can get much worse before this goes from Prophesy to History.
    ~MY $.02~

  4. Wise Cave Owl

    maybe Bill T wasn’t paying attention. 100/100 “American” Senators just sat up on their hinder parts, barked joyfully, salivated, and – w/o even being asked – sent off another few hundred $million debtbux to Israel. No major power would dare attack Zion, for at least 200 to 400 reasons, depending on which source you believe. Eventually, Israel will just hemmorhage (sp.) demographically, then dry up and blow away.

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