Gas! GAS! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime …
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
—Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum est, 1917
On July 28th 1914 the first global war began, and ended on 11/11/18 at 11am. The war killed more than 9 million combatants. This is not counting the roughly 27 million wounded and missing, and those poor souls who were forever psychologically damaged, and unable to work in society. Let us not forget the roughly 10 million civilian casualties.
The belligerents in World War I were the Allied or Entente powers versus the Central Powers.
France led the Allied powers which included Great Britain, Russia, and the USA, while Germany led the Central Powers which included Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire.
The war introduced the world to new technologies that bridged the gap between the warfare of the 19th century to warfare of the 20th.
World War I introduced:
- Chemical Warfare
- The flame thrower
- Tank warfare
- Aerial warfare
- Submarines (Submarines first appeared on the scene during the American Civil War, but WWI was on a scale never before seen)
- Trench warfare
Word War I also brought the world catastrophes and events as the:
- Revolution in Russia (introducing the Bolshevik Party and the execution of Tsar Nicholas II and his family)
- War Crimes
- Birth of Czechoslovakia (among other new nations)
- Genocide (Armenian Genocide, Assyrian Genocide, Greek Genocide)
- The fall of the Ottoman Empire
The assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand ignited the horror of World War 1.
Sure there were many other reasons than just the assassination that led to the death of so many, but the assassination is the spark that exploded the powder keg. The world was walking towards the war with eyes wide open, and only need a spark to start the fire. (I didn’t mean to quote Billy Joel there!)
100 years later the focus has become the Ukraine, and the Ukraine is not the cause of the tension, but just the symptom of failed and misguided foreign policies. This time instead of the Allied and Central powers, we see east verse west.
Russia is leading this resistance to this West, and she is clearly supported by China, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, and anyone else who has become weary with America’s foreign policy for the last 15 years.
The USA is closest thing we have to a legitimate modern empire, but more and more they are organizing their efforts under the umbrella of NATO, which will one day become a world army if the “elites” have their way.
These two world powers have crossed the proverbial Rubicon, and there is no easy way they can back out from this new Cold War. Vladimir Putin is a serious as a heart attack about not stepping down to the West, and he absolutely does not want NATO on his doorstep. Kiev is about 531 miles from Moscow. I’m sure you can see how uncomfortable Washington would be if the Warsaw Pact wasn’t defunct, and incorporated Mexico into its alliance. Washington would be damn sure to find an excuse to invade Mexico just like Russia found and excuse to take Crimea and station its troops on the border with the Ukraine.
The propaganda coming out of CNN and the like are attempting to paint Putin as the next Hitler, and most casual and surface level TV viewers eat it up and swallow it hook line and sinker, because it’s safe. We’ve seen this type of agenda pushed in the past before with Hussein, Gaddafi, and most recently with Assad in Syria.
The West is amazingly hypocritical for criticizing Russia’s action in taking the Crimea and protecting a territory that has always been pro-Russian, when Washington has used very flimsy and clearly contrived excuses in the recent past to invade Iraq, support a revolution in Libya, as well as doing all it can to get boots on the ground in Syria, which would lead a clear path to turn the pressure up again on Iran.
The Russian government isn’t without fault, but NATO has an agenda to ostracize Russia from Europe, and irritate them enough so they will engage in a new Cold War. Isolating Russia from Europe, and making them feel this way is a very bad move, which has clearly led to a new Cold War between Russia and USA.
I fear this war, because I don’t think Russia can complete with military superiority of conventional forces in a war with the USA, and would resort to the use of Nuclear Weapons. This wouldn’t be your grandfather’s world war, but I don’t think anyone realizes the danger of this crisis spiraling out of control. Russia isn’t Iraq, Libya, or Syria.
The nuclear weapons stockpiled from the 80’s haven’t just disappeared.
We are once again walking into a world conflict with eyes wide open. A path is set. The war may not occur this year or the next, but only an awakening of the Earth’s population to the mass manipulation of the population will stop a march to the third world war.