Tomorrow is the one hundredth anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo. I think it would do us well to consider the terror that was unleashed by that event. Here are some pictures, one from the first battle of the Marne, and one from probably the most horrific battle of the war, the final struggle for Passchendaele.
So many people still seem unable to face the fact that this is not a good thing, no matter what the outcome. They still call for war every chance they get, oblivious to the fact that once it gets started no one knows what will happen. In 1914, great majorities on both sides were confident that war would lead to their quick victory. We've had our taste of that in Iraq the last decade or so, and yet still the dogs of war howl. And there seems to be no way to get them to accept the consequences of their blood lust.