Viewpoint: Why the shadow of the First World War and 1989 hangs over world events.

_79742440_solidarityIf you click here then you can read an excellent article from Jeffrey Sachs on the BBC magazine website. In it he reflects “this has been a year of great geopolitical anniversaries. We are at the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, an event that more than any other shaped world history during the past century. We are at the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the opening chapter of the demise of the Soviet empire and the end of the Cold War. Yet we know that painfully we observe something far more than a mere remembrance.

As William Faulkner remarked, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” World War One and the fall of the Wall continue to shape our most urgent realities today. The wars in Syria and Iraq are the legacy of the closure of WW1, and dramatic events in Ukraine are unfolding in the long shadow of 1989.”

I consider it an orginal and thought provoking article – have a look, and see what you think.

Mr Kydd.

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