Sunday, April 2, 2006

History repeating itself

— Winnipeg Tribune, August 7, 1914 via Chris in Manitoba (click on image to read article).
They said the war had been brought on by the greed of capitalists, and before it ended thousands of lives would have been sacrificed to capital. All [?] condemned war as being unnecessary and nothing short of cold-blooded murder, for those men who fought had nothing to gain and everything to lose.


Brent Gilliard said...

WWI was a rather silly war. Though I don't doubt Labour also opposed fighting in WWII.

MapMaster said...

In war we're tough and able,
Quite indefatigable.
Between our quests we sequin vests and impersonate Clark Gable.
It's a busy life in Camelot.

Yes, it was a rather silly war. I thought that it was interesting that almost a hundred years ago, political failures were attributed to the mythical beast of capitalism. Some things never change.

Pietr said...

Be careful when you call WW1 'silly';it was the last major war fought where political policy was dictated by value judgements.
WW2 was the first war fought against value systems as such, the first in which the essential alien-ness of German theoretical policy becae the predominating factor.Also the Japanese, but perhaps less so the Italians.

Brent Gilliard said...

Perhaps "unnecessary" then.

Governments of all sorts whipping up nationalism for political support. Massive military spending because none of the European countries trusted each other. To top it all off, a system of alliances that turned an assasination in Sarajevo into a war that killed somewhere around 15 million people.
As an added bonus, it sped up the collapse of the Russian empire and drove the German people to Nazism, directly causing WWII.

It was screw-up after unnecessary screw-up by all sides. If that's not silly, I don't know what is.

Pietr said...

Disastrous, yes.
But silly isn't a suitable word to apply to the millions of men who volunteered to go to France and other places and put a halt to the barmy German machine.

Brent Gilliard said...

I don't doubt that the volunteers had good intentions or question the benefits of having our side win (sort of) the war.

But the same nationalism that saw hundreds of thousands in Canada sign up for the war was also responsible for the massive military buildup in Europe.

Though Germany certainly did less than it could have to prevent the war, I think vilification is rather excessive.