It was to be the war to end war. At 11 'o' clock on November 11, 1918, the guns fell silent over the battlefields of the First World War. Europe was devastated. A charnel house that had seen the death of millions, soldiers and civilians. Now there was time for an accounting of the dead. The sheer horror of the conflict might have been enough to make politicians renounce war forever. As it happened, a mere generation was enough for memories to fade.
The Second World War and all of the smaller wars that occured in the twenty year gap (like the invasion of Manchuria by Japan, the invasion of Ethiopia by Italy, the annexations of European territories by the Nazis, and so on) ought to have put to rest any notion that "war" was history. We are as likely to see the end of war as we are to see the end of crime, or a permanent solution to cockroaches and bedbugs.
But it is critically important to remember not merely who fights the wars, but who...More >>