A hundred years ago today, the Arch Duke Ferdinand and his wife were still alive. They would be for another few months before all hell breaks loose in Europe and the colonies.From New Rebellion University.
A hundred years ago today, all the major European powers were united by Aristocratic and royal families, tied together in blood and genetics going back hundreds of years. They were united in their stability and dedication to monarchical pretensions as well as to concepts like Noblese Oblige and Divine Right.
In August that would all change. In its wake would come the Russian revolution, and 70 years of Communist enslavement of Eastern Europe. In its wake would come Hitler and the enslavement of Western Europe. In its wake would come the deaths of millions of combatants for NO GOOD REASON THAT ANYONE CAN NAME. When for the first time European nationalism, build on Feudal foundations, linked to the industrial capacity of modern nation states would result in the ability to engage in protracted meaningless war without end.
It would continue for another 5 years and end, not when the Germans were exhausted, but when they were just tired of fighting. They had plenty of war capacity left.
America had no business being there. None. There was nothing for America at stake.
I bring this up because a hundred years is a long time. Long enough for most people to forget and for teaching institutions to trivialize that time in history.
The most important lesson we can draw from it is that, in America, we should make going to war an exceptionally hard thing for our government to do. It should never be left to politicians, bureaucrats, and diplomats at cocktail parties who will offer “unlimited American support” over a few drinks not caring what the cost will eventually be in blood.
Keep this historical justification for American involvement in WWI in mind when you are tempted to buy into the Official Story of 9/11, the use of gas weapons by the Syrian government, and the perfidious behavior of the Russians in Ukraine:From Vox Popoli.
It became a symbol of brutal German aggression - an unprovoked torpedo attack on a passenger cruise liner during the First World War.The more that history reveals, the more it becomes clear that there has likely never been a foreign intervention that can be justified by its historical justification. Not the Spanish-American War, not World War I, not World War II, and not whatever inventive justification will be served up for World War III.
The infamous sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, killing more than 1,000 innocent victims, sparked outrage in Britain and America. Public opinion in the States swung against the Kaiser - eventually helping President Woodrow Wilson take the country into the war in 1917.
But 70 years after the ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat eight miles off the coast of Ireland, British Government officials feared the secret of the tragedy would 'blow up on us' when a group of divers planned to search the wreck.
The German high command always maintained the steam liner, traveling between New York and Liverpool, was carrying explosives destined for the Western Front concealed as cheese or casks of beef. But ministers at the time rejected the claim and used the attack to whip up public anger against the Germans....
In a secret memo, Noel Marshall, from the Foreign Office's North American department, said: 'Successive British governments have always maintained that there was no munitions on board the Lusitania (and that the Germans were therefore in the wrong to claim to the contrary as an excuse for sinking the ship).
'The facts are that there is a large amount of ammunition in the wreck, some of which is highly dangerous.' He added: 'I am left with the uneasy feeling that this subject may yet - literally - blow up on us.'
Eighty-six days to the anniversary of when Western Civilization put a gun in its mouth and pulled the trigger.