BRADLEY R. GITZ: 100 years after disaster

The year 2018 represents the 100th anniversary of the end of perhaps the worst calamity to visit mankind--the Great War (we didn't call it World War I until we had a second that the consequences of the first did so much to cause).

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RobertBolt says...

Congratulations on writing a piece that is not focused on race baiting.

Posted 12 March 2018, 7:47 a.m. Suggest removal

lohr52 says...

Another excellent thought provoking column.

Posted 12 March 2018, 8:30 a.m. Suggest removal

PopMom says...


My thoughts exactly. He probably is starting to realize that he could lose his job at Lyon if he keeps it up.

Posted 12 March 2018, 9:59 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

Great informative article !

Posted 12 March 2018, 10 a.m. Suggest removal

mrcharles says...

With a thoughtful thought on Steven Pinker, perhaps BRG had a lucid moment by following up with "progress" derived from the Enlightenment- something he usually is aginnn!

The divine right of kings was replaced by the divine right of nations to be ruled by those who were just as convinced they were divine kings, in fact one was a g-d.

I would also note that his leaving out of the role of the church established, they say, by the deity who created his own mother , in the rise of fascism as a response to the bolsheviks was a glaring error. I will submit that the first treaty of both the reich and il duce was with the vatican- another sad chapter in its history of mammals who think they are special.

Posted 12 March 2018, 10 a.m. Suggest removal

Illinoisroy says...

deja vu

Posted 12 March 2018, 1:10 p.m. Suggest removal

hah406 says...

Gitz, you wrote a very nice piece today. Quite historically accurate in that the end of the Great War practically made WW2 predetermined. Spend more time writing on political history like this and I will put you back in my "fun to read" category. Gold star for today.

Posted 12 March 2018, 1:23 p.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

As part of the treaty, Germany could not have troops on the other side of the river.

In a documentary I listened to it stated around late 1930's Hitler deliberately sent troops across the river and gave them orders to set up camp so France would notice.
If France took action, they were to retreat immediately and NOT engage French troops.

France observed and did NOTHING !

It was stated Adolph Hitler smiled and said..........." ah, ha "

Posted 12 March 2018, 1:52 p.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

Boltar, I never observed " race baiting" in Gitz's columns.

The last real race baiting was from a hate group Black Lives Matter.

Posted 12 March 2018, 1:54 p.m. Suggest removal

TimberTopper says...

mac the imposter, just as I thought, you are burdened with brain farts regularly.

Posted 12 March 2018, 3:18 p.m. Suggest removal

WhododueDiligence says...

This is a good column on the everlasting significance of WW1 which as Gitz says is perhaps the greatest calamity ever to visit mankind. And as Gitz says, it allowed the cutthroat Bolsheviks to gain control of war-ravaged Russia. A debatable point Gitz made is his statement that the causes of WW1 remain obscure to historians despite scholarly investigation. The causes were highly complex but have been well-researched and understood. Historians disagree on which country or countries should be primarily blamed for starting the war.
A 2014 BBC article titled "10 interpretations of who started WW1" included 2 of 10 historians who blamed all 6 of the usual suspects--Austia-Hungary, Germany, Russia, France, Britain, and Serbia--for starting this catastrophic war. Most historians though, as in that interesting article, blame Germany and Austria-Hungry primarily, and it wasn't entirely by accident. High ranking Austria-Hungary military leaders wanted war against Serbia, and high ranking German leaders wanted war against France and Russia. Another somewhat overlooked factor was the power of propaganda which helped push countries, most notably Germany but also the other main participants, into that disastrous war.

Posted 13 March 2018, 10:39 a.m. Suggest removal

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