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August 1914: The Beginning of a Century of Disasters

Well it is a snow day today and I really don’t feel like writing much, doing a lot of reading instead. So today I am re-posting an article that fits well with the theme that I introduced last night. I think it is important because the dynamics of our world today have much in common with those of 1914. Those commonalities include independence movements, unravelling empires (though not called that anymore), new rising powers with strong military and economic ambitions, and massive economic inequity. This article primarily focuses on some of the military and diplomatic issues of that era. Have a great day. Peace, Padre Steve+

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The Austrian Declaration of War against Serbia

“No one starts a war–or rather, no one in his senses ought to do so–without first being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by that war and how he intends to conduct it.” Carl Von Clausewitz

It was a war that should never have happened. It was a war for which the belligerent powers could boast many causes but for which few had any real objectives. Ninety-nine years ago this week the nations of Europe were hell bent on waging a war that all thought would be short, decisive and end in victory for their side. They were wrong and nearly a century later the world still pays the price for their misplaced beliefs and hubris of those men.

It was a war in large part brought on by the declining Austro-Hungarian Empire’s fears. Fear of neighbors, ethnic minorities and…

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