- 31 Jan 18
A hundred years after the end of the Great War, how much have things really changed? The truth is that 2018 will represent a huge challenge to world leaders, if the drift towards a narrow kind of nationalism is not to lead us inevitably back to war..
Once more unto the breach my friends, once more. Another new year has dawned and there’s a grand stretch in the evenings. Well, not quite. But time passes and even now we can contemplate the shape of things to come in 2018.
The centenary of the end of the Great War will be marked in November. No doubt, there will be sombre ceremonies and reflections. There will also be rather lighter evocations of the joy and relief that attended the moment when an armistice was agreed. One suspects that with Brexit happening in March 2019, the British will make a very big deal of VE Day 2018.
Many, surely, will point out that warfare to match anything from 1914-18 still blights the world. Indeed, the level of irresponsible warmongering by nuclear-armed states is such that we could easily slip into another such cataclysm, though now, it would prove incomparably more destructive. The intervening century has done little to alleviate the role of stupidity and testosterone.