Yesterday was the centennial of the Armistice. The great booming guns of World War I fell silent. The great slaughter of men and nations stopped.
However, the vengeance and avarice of the Allies in 1918 ensured that it would not be “The War To End All Wars.” It’s not that I can’t sympathize/empathize/understand why France and Great Britain pushed for such punitive measures against Germany. An entire generation of the best and brightest were almost wiped out – dead or wounded so badly they would never be productive in society again – in just four years. Generations of treasure were evaporated.
I’m not condemning the leaders of 1918. I’m reminding the leaders of today and tomorrow of one of history’s great lessons.