It might be generally agreed that the blame for World War I can be shared among the main protagonists, Germany, Russia, Great Britain, France and Austria-Hungary. This was an imperialist war where, in a climate of intense nationalism throughout Europe, political and economic rivalry had led to the establishment of two hostile military alliances.
Therefore, perhaps it should come as no surprise to find the British Prime Minister today revealing a “truly national commemoration” to celebrate the centenary of that “war to end all wars.” For, just as the outbreak of hostilities on 28 July 1914 represented a crisis of capitalism, today we see the West resorting to a series of wars in order to implement the Washington Consensus. Therefore, it follows that anyone who resist this agenda is seen not only as a political and economic rival, but also as an enemy and logically it can only be expected that the propagandists feed the British people with a diet made up of a mythical past and jingoism to prepare them for this war.
Of course, we are left wanting to puke and when we read of Cameron saying that “there is something about the first world war that makes it a fundamental part of our national consciousness”, we can be forgiven for the vomit spewing forth, as the man who failed his history test on the David Letterman show fails to add what that might be before going on tell us that there is “something captivating” about the stories from the Great War. Yes, David, the lads in the picture are having a great time and that was about as good as it got. Frightening, altogether frightening!