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Pat Oliphant

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  1. emptc12

    emptc12 said, over 2 years ago

    “I cannot get accustomed to war; my brain refuses to understand and explain a thing that is senseless in its basis. Millions of people gather at one place and, giving their actions order and regularity, kill each other, and it hurts everybody equally, and all are unhappy — what is it if not madness?”
    Leonid Andreyev, THE RED LAUGH

  2. oldwolf1951

    oldwolf1951 said, over 2 years ago

    A little early for this strip since Archduke Franz Ferdinand was not assassinated until June of 1914. But I get the parallels.

  3. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 2 years ago

    Isn’t nationalism wonderful?

  4. Ken Warren

    Ken Warren said, over 2 years ago

    Great comic!
    Sad Truth.

  5. AlexanderTheGoodEnough

    AlexanderTheGoodEnough said, over 2 years ago

    Well, ya know, in the US, except in the old Confederacy and among its sympathizers, when we say that something is “history,” we mean that it’s over, we’re done with it and it’s no longer relevant. In much of the rest of the world however, and most especially in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, when someone says “It’s history!” they say it with the veins bulging in their neck.

  6. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    War began in the bible when Cain slew Abel. Amazing how many chickenhawks calling for us to constantly engage in war, like Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc, don’t forget Syria which is on the “back burner” now, are supposedly “religious”, and “conservative”, but are in fact neither except in the most hypocritical bastardization of the terms.

  7. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    As my son and I are both disabled combat veterans, and yep, liberals (social) and conservative (fiscal) when it comes to what America is supposed to stand for , and what we supposedly fought to defend, let’s see more "conswervatives"" put up, or shut up. War is only the very last conceivable action to take, not the first, and should only be entered into when another NATION (hmm, like Israel) directly attacks our lands, or military personnel.(U.S.S. Liberty)

  8. emptc12

    emptc12 said, over 2 years ago


    I predict the situation in Ukraine will be the catalyst for a wider conflict with which the U.S. and its European allies must eventually deal. Unless it is now acceptable for Russia to piecemeal re-absorb its former satellites through some modern version of the Yalta Conference?

  9. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 2 years ago

    Yes, Michael, I totally agree. Everyone thought that the assassination crisis would be settled like all the previous ones, until Kaiser Wilhem II gave the Austrians the “Blank Check”, and all the major powers were drawn into that unprecedented conflict.

    A great book, just released about two months ago, covers the events that lead up to August 1914. The authors first chapter discusses just what you point out in your comment! Despite the Naval Arms race between Britain & Germany, very few people feared that war was in the offing.

    If anyone is interested, the book is titled “The War that ended Peace”, well-researched and written by Canadian author Margaret MacMillan.

  10. ORMouseworks

    ORMouseworks said, over 2 years ago


    (hmmm, like Israel) Say, What???!!! ;)

  11. pbarnrob

    pbarnrob said, over 2 years ago


    Look up USS Liberty Incident, a strange episode in our (fairly recent) history.


    BIGCHRONO said, over 2 years ago

    War: It’s what’s for dinner.

  13. zeimetr

    zeimetr said, over 2 years ago

    The irony now is that if things get out of hand in the Ukraine we might have the start of a new world war on the anniversary of the start of the first one back in 1914. Furthermore, once again Russia will be a major factor in its onset. Back in 1914 the start of Russian mobilization to defend Serbia from the Austrians precipitated German action since the German’s war plan was based on the time it took the Russians to mobilize.

  14. watmiwori

    watmiwori said, over 2 years ago

    Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

  15. tkueny

    tkueny GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago


    Absolutely, the USS Liberty “episode” tells us what our governments are willing to do to get us into a war.
    What about Pearl Harbor, and 9/11??

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