“I wonder what people will think of this war a century from now…”
They’re still bloody arguing about it.
Taken from the BBC article above:
"Mr Gove [said] that people’s understanding of the war had been overlaid by “misrepresentations” which at worst reflected “an unhappy compulsion on the part of some to denigrate virtues such as patriotism, honour and courage”.
“The war was, of course, an unspeakable tragedy, which robbed this nation of our bravest and best,” wrote Mr Gove.“
”But even as we recall that loss and commemorate the bravery of those who fought, it’s important that we don’t succumb to some of the myths which have grown up about the conflict."
He added: "The conflict has, for many, been seen through the fictional prism of dramas such as ‘Oh, What a Lovely War!’, ‘The Monocled Mutineer’ and ‘Blackadder’, as a misbegotten shambles – a series of catastrophic mistakes perpetrated by an out-of-touch elite. "
I happen to agree with that “myth” which I have high-lighted in bold.Methinks someone has indeed forgotten the lessons, whatever they were again.But here’s another article debunking myths
Still doesn’t make me change my mind about the bolded statement above.
Meanwhile I’ve just read an article by a descendant of the assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria which “tries to excuse” Austria’s role/Austrian royalty of being part of the trigger for WW-I. He stated that the different European powers were ready to go to war; any excuse would have pushed them over the edge. Had it not been the assassination of his dukiness, it would have been another incident that would have kicked it off. Hmmm…excuses, excuses, excuses.