Andrew Weissmann "Lessons Learned from WWI" August 18, 2014
It was the war meant to end all others. History proved this wrong, but the lessons learned from the start of World War I are still important today. Now is the time for the world's great leaders and global powers to review the Great War's history to do everything that they can do when conflicts between them arise to prevent unleashing another global war on the world.
Because of the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI on August 4, 2014, there has been a lot of talk about what we can learn from history and how it could repeat itself if we don't make the right decisions to avoid another world war. Three recent Web articles discuss this theme. The first one, "Yes It Could Happen Again" from The Atlantic, discusses how instability in Ukraine and other places could be trigger points for WWIII. The 2nd article from Business Insider, "Why Today Is Different From the 1914 Outbreak of World War I", gives the positive side of what's different between then and now. In the last article from USA TODAY, "3 Important Lessons Learned from World War I", experts discuss what lessons from WWI can be applied 100 years later. These articles are a guide to thinking about war.
Just like in 1914 when Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by a Serbian opposed to Austro-Hungarian rule over them, it is true today that something unexpected could start a world war if we are not careful. The Atlantic article compares WWI's trigger event and the conflicts in the world now, and it is pessimistic on what's happening now in Ukraine. The article implies that the world dodged a bullet earlier this year when Russia used military force in...