Or How stupidity of leaders killed 20 million people
Forward by Bob Barney: We live in an EOE (equal opportunity employment) world, fed to us in dung piles by our worthless leaders. All major firms hire EOE employees. Most never really get any power, they just fill positions and do nothing---no harm done. Recently many firms have actually promoted inferior workers into high positions with disastrous results. JC Penny, being the last example. In 2008, America put an EOE into the White House, dumber than his predecessor, and only elected because of his color. In is my contention that we will not just experience one of the greatest depressions of all time in our very near future, I believe we will find ourselves in another war - maybe even a WORLD WAR. So I decided to run an article on the causes of WWI. The first World War was a totally unnecessary war, fought because of the enormous stupidity of the world leaders. Great Britain, France, Germany and Russia were all lead by complete morons that by shear stupidity allowed the assassination of a minor person from an even lesser known nation (Serbia) result in the First World War with millions of deaths. The great war produced the famous “lost generation” written about by Earnest Hemingway. The war destroyed France forever, reducing her into a laughing stock of all nations to this day, and took the greatest power in the world, Great Britain, and reduced her into a second rate power. The end result of WWI was WWII, and if America was not the growing world power on the scene in the 1920’s, when England declined in power - the English today would be speaking Germany saluting Hitler’s successor. For America, our own hubris and moronic EOE leadership will result in the destruction of us as a world power. The following is a piece on WWI causes ---- compare them to today!
Background to the War
We have conquered for ourselves a place in the sun. It will now be my task to see to it that this place in the sun shall remain our undisputed possession, in order that the sun's rays may fall fruitfully upon our activity and trade in foreign parts... The more Germans go out upon the waters, whether it be in journeys across the ocean, or in the service of the battle flag, so much the better it will be for us.
A speech by Kaiser Wilhelm to the North German Regatta Association, 1901.
[Note: the AQA syllabus only requires you to know about the Arms Race and the System of Alliances, but you may wish to treat nationalism, imperialism and awful governments as essential background knowledge.]
The argument which follows suggests that Europe in 1914 was RIPE for war to break out - that the causes of World War One went back long before 1914, and had so set Europe at odds that it only needed a tiny spark to push all Europe into war.
You will need to understand, not only WHAT the situation was in 1910-14, but HOW each element made war more likely...
This is not just an arms race, but also a government's attitude of mind, seeing war as a valid means of foreign policy. (This often includes the influence of government by the generals.)
All the nations of Europe were militaristic, but the governments of Germany and Austria-Hungary were especially so.