The colour(ised) films on WWI on TV Saturday reminded me that it's going
to be 90 years ago today, August 1, that the Great War got off to a
start. It seemed when I was a child that it was very ancient history
even though I lived next door to a veteran. It somehow seems closer
now. I suppose it has something to do with the fact that we're still
cleaning up after it. A lot of the world's problems are hangovers from
the rampant colonialism of the time and some of the hotspots are former
League of Nations' mandated territories. I remember reading in some
piece after the fall of Communism that Wilson's ideas were finally
triumphing over Lenin's and more people were allowed self-determination.
I hope that we finally do make the sacrifices of all those young men
count for the good and the choices people make for themselves are the
Then again I could just be feeling older now...
We now return you to your regularly scheduled controversies...
Bill Banaszak, MFE