…04 aug, one century on…your turn, Mr PM…

…and the leaders, how different from that lot of 1914? the same characteristics of narcissism, ignorance and idiocy, or worse?…

Mimicking the tactics of US politicians of attacking foreign leaders, and where possible, the countries, for domestic political gain, the British Prime Minister launches a full-throated attack on Russia, then assures all, Britain will not start World War Three over Ukraine, David Cameron says. Some excerpts from that Telegraph report,

Britain is not going to start World War Three over Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, David Cameron has said.

The Prime Minister compared Russia’s behaviour in Ukraine to Germany’s before both break out of the First and Second world wars.

Mr Cameron said then that Britain was “not about to launch a European war, we are not about to send the fleet to the Black Sea”.

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…squabbling cousins, imperial cousins…

…a decrepit Hungary-Austria Empire and some squabbling cousins, endowed by God for eternal leadership…

28 June 1914. That event sparked by Gavrilo Princip of Serbia, officially considered a freedom fighter by his country, would inflict massive population decimation (and substantial wealth reduction) across empires that would implode.

Aside documentaries using actual footage of the war, the BBC recounts events in its 13-part dramatisation (and Mahler 5 Part 1 theme), ‘Fall of Eagles‘.

The Independent [paywall after a few free articles] has had a series on the event], ‘A History of the First World War in 100 Moments’. This moment, fairly unknown despite its ‘derring-do’ (?) – as the colonised in Africa are also ‘recruited’ to defend the way of life of others, A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Guerrilla in the mist – a great German military maverick outwits the British again.

That World War I and its vengeful terms of surrender for Germany would yield consequences obvious to all but the vengeful. Unintended benefits for the masses would include better pay and the opening up of opportunities for women, to encourage the hapless male to serve as patriotic cannon fodder.

And no need to ask who had profited from death and destruction…