Closing Thought–12Nov18

I have been looking back here on IST to World War One…..and since I have been working and writing about the Middle East I have also been looking at the effect of the war on many countries but it may have impacted the Middle East more so than others…….

Signs of World War I are everywhere and nowhere in the Middle East.

Overlain by subsequent conflicts and decades of bitter contestation, the legacies of the wartime experience continue to reverberate long after the conflict passed into history in Europe. With the Middle East in the throes of renewed political turmoil and having experienced decades of regional and international crises, many deriving from the decisions taken after the World War I, the complicated legacies of the war may not immediately be apparent but are nonetheless highly relevant.

A parallel may be drawn with the divided Europe up until 1989, where the ramifications of the World War II remained highly visible across multiple generations and made it difficult to establish historical distance from events whose legacy continued to resonate decades after.

Sadly tomorrow this war will be once again meaningless to most Americans…….

That brings today to an end of posting for me….I must recharge my batteries….see you guys tomorrow……chuq


12 thoughts on “Closing Thought–12Nov18

  1. So much of WW1 history is consumed by the trenches on the western front. It is all too easy to overlook the campaigns against the Turks, the Italian conflict, Serbia still fighting Austria, and of course Russia, which always gets conveniently ‘forgotten’.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. That sucks because they have important history too, right? I mean, the U.S. can’t have all the fun in taking over history textbooks. That’s why I have to go out and learn about “exotic” Middle Eastern stuff on my own…well, not voluntarily. My parents made me do it, but it’s still important!

      1. I think it is always important to discover history by your own efforts, Taylor. Once you look between the conventional lines, you will begin to discover why the world is as it is today. It goes back as far as The Crusades, even earlier. All the problems of today stem fro history. Lines drawn on maps, and colonial expansion.
        Best wishes, Pete.

      2. Keep questioning.. and you have the internet to fill in the blanks. If it doesn’t make sense, question some more. Never be satisfied.

  2. Well, it was VERY apparent that watching the ceremonies the entire cause of that war to begin with… the arrogance of power. Pretty much every damn thing that has occurred in the 20th century was because of that war, occurring at that point in mankind’s technological ignorance and political arrogance. They all stood there worshiping the fallen, both sides, as if there were some collective pride. Not one national leader spoke of the political shortcomings and misguided nationalistic pride; the ignorance of technology in how it could kill so many, and that there was some collective reason to go to war to begin with.. and expect to win by totally annihilating the other side. It was shortsighted politics, led by shortsighted nationalism with countries with completely shortsighted leaders, who sent armies with shortsighted commanders into battle with each other, killing and being killed for shortsighted goals. The coup de grace… a shortsighted armistice by those same shortsighted nations.. that all but guaranteed that World War 1 would be won in 1945.

    100 years later they stand in the rain, making speeches about the dead, and completely missing the reason they were even there. Ugh. I’m with Macron on this one. Nationalism has got to go.

    1. HECK YEAH, DOUG I’m pissed too! I’m still in high school and that’s supposed to be an educational environment, right? Nope. We didn’t do anything about Veteran’s Day, or have at least learned anything about other places besides Britain, France, and Germany where the war affected. Nada.

      1. That’s because they don’t want you to think beyond the accepted conventions, Taylor. Well done to you for searching for more. I wish more young people would have that yearning for knowledge.
        Best wishes, Pete.

      2. As my own kids were going through high school I had to clue them in on the things school left out. You are not alone. Keep reading chuq and Pete in here and they will steer your history straight.

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