- 08 Aug 14
The current conflict in the middle east shows that global leaders have failed to learn the lessons of world war 1.
A century ago, Europe lurched into war. One outrage – the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife by a Serbian nationalist terrorist – was followed by a series of ham-fisted ultimatums and threats, each of which backed its maker further into a corner. Austria threatened Serbia and Russia retaliated. Allies on either side weighed in. Nobody knew how to derail the war train as it hurtled headlong over the cliff...