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REFLECTIONS ON AN ARMISTICE

11-11-2018

One hundred years ago,the armistice signed in  Compiègne ended the First World War on the Western Front. Attached is Charlemagne's reflection on the event in The Economist of November 10th-16th. It ended a collective nigthmare of four years in which ten million human beings perished, half of them never properly burried.

US President Woodrow Wilson hoped it would be the end of the war to end all wars. It was not.  His idea for a new world order was to be written into the Covenant of the League of Nations, rejected thereafter by his own US Senate and doomed to failure.

Barely twenty years later, the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia by Hitler Germany announced the onset of the Second World War, launched a year thereafter by the combined attack of Germany and the Soviet Union on Poland. 

Did we or did our  statespersons and politicians learn from this folly of war that ended one hundred years ago? Not that I know of. We commemorate without learning from it.


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