The Beginning of the Never Ending End: August 1914

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

Things have been quite busy as finally my wife Judy is out of the hospital and on the road to recovery following surgery for endometrial cancer. As such I have had little time or energy to do much new writing. However, some topics are still relevant as is this topic which I wrote about a year ago.
It is hard to believe that 101 years ago the leaders, the statesmen and the military men of Europe were about to begin a war which not only cost tens of millions of lives, spawned another world war and forever changed the world. The effects are still being felt in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

We should not forget it, nor should we forget the actions of those leaders.

Have a great night,


Padre Steve+

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“An event of great agony is bearable only in the belief that it will bring about a better world. When it does not, as in the aftermath of another vast calamity in 1914-18, disillusion is deep and moves on to self-doubt and self-disgust.” Barbara Tuchman

On August 1st 1914 the armies of Europe were mobilizing for war. The last feeble efforts at diplomacy were failing as leaders, and diplomats sought a way out of the situation that their policies had brought about. They had allowed the military instrument to drive policy, rather than for policy to dictate how the military should be employed as an instrument of national strategy. As such they became prisoners to their military mobilization plans, all of which depended on speed in order to gain advantage over their adversaries.

The nations and militaries of Europe were devoted to the “cult of the offensive” by which…

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