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Pat Oliphant

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  1. emptc12

    emptc12 said, 10 months 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, 10 months ago

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

  3. martens misses all her friends

    martens misses all her friends said, 10 months ago

    Punk says, “In Europe it’s always yesterday.”
    I’d change that to say “Wherever there are people, it’s always yesterday.” We are a quarrelsome species.

  4. lonecat

    lonecat said, 10 months ago

    Isn’t nationalism wonderful?

  5. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 10 months ago


    At this point in 1914, all the top experts realised that war was no longer an acceptable method of addressing international grievances: international trade had grown to unprecedented levels, and, obviously, no nation could go to war with a major trading partner without impoverishing itself, so the traditional, economic motivation for war was eliminated (and bankers would never finance a war that couldn’t possibly be profitable, and no war was possible without the support of the bankers).

    The oldest war on the planet was the one that began in 1066 between the British and the French, and it had ended when a British and a French bartender collaborated on the cocktail known as the entent cordial.

    So permanent peace had come to the world at last.

  6. Ken Warren

    Ken Warren said, 10 months ago

    Great comic!
    Sad Truth.

  7. AlexanderTheGoodEnough

    AlexanderTheGoodEnough said, 10 months 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.

  8. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months 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.

  9. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months 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)

  10. emptc12

    emptc12 said, 10 months 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?

  11. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, 10 months ago

    @Michael wme

    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.

  12. martens misses all her friends

    martens misses all her friends said, 10 months ago


    trout, I’ve said it before, but I’d like to repeat it. I value your contributions on this subject area immensely. I have never had to participate in war, so I lack the direct experience you and your son have had, but I trust your views on this greatly because they are so coherent and well presented. Thank you, for your service in the military and now on these fora.

  13. ORMouseworks

    ORMouseworks said, 10 months ago


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

  14. pbarnrob

    pbarnrob said, 10 months ago


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


    BIGCHRONO said, 10 months ago

    War: It’s what’s for dinner.

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