This is a brief article I wrote on my personal blog back in 2013 about Remembrance Day. I stand by this position today- The Great War/World War I, though it was necessary Britain and her allies fight, had possibly the worst affect on humanity of any war in history.
On the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 97 years ago today, the Great War, the first “world war” ended with Germany’s surrender to Allied British, American and French forces. The horrors of this war, and of the Kaiser’s greed, envy & hubris are still being felt today.
Almost every war, every totalitarian radical ideology that shaped the world’s bloodiest century have its roots in the Great War. From Communism to Nazism to even the problems in the Middle East today, radicalism became unleashed when World War I opened up Pandora’s box on humanity. Much of the west’s cultural potential further died on the blood soaked fields of northern France almost 100 years ago. A lost generation we will never get back.
So on this anniversary of the armistice, when you thank a veteran of a foreign war for his or her service, do not forget the reason they were likely in a foreign war in the first place was because of the Great War. The war that ended 97 years ago today was not the “war to end all wars” it was the war that ended all peace.