One hundred years ago the world was slipping into a vortex that has been called The Great War and the War to end all wars. Some thirty years later it would come to be called by its more common name, the First World War, or WWI. Seemingly relatively small events in eastern Europe – primarily the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria – combined to ignite a powder keg that would cost millions of lives over the next few years.
There were many events that led up to the War, as the headline on the front page of The Sun newspaper illustrates.
Far be it from me to be overly negative, never one to holler “The sky is falling”, but current world events – from planes downed by rebel missiles, to hot-spots in the Middle-East getting even hotter and showing no signs of cooling; from the unsettling side-taking over various events by the United States and Putin’s Russia to the World Health Organization’s claim that the Ebola outbreak in Africa is out of control – it seems the world is going to hell in a handcart! (An appropriate phrase given some believe it originated during the time of the Plague, victims of which were believed to be headed straight to hell as they were carted away.)
Tell me it’s just me …