A Prelude to War?

World War didn’t begin in Europe. It started in Africa.

By the time the shooting erupted in 1914, in fact, a retrospective analysis of the conditions that led to war had lent credence to the conclusion that a great clash was almost inevitable. Germany’s perceived “encirclement” and that resurgent nation’s belief that they had been unfairly cut off from their share of colonial possessions in Africa led Berlin to embrace bellicosity. Germany forcefully protested France’s subjugation of a Moroccan rebellion and subsequent occupation of that territory in 1911 — a territory that Germany coveted. Paris’s move prompted Italy to declare suzerainty over the state of Libya, leading to a war with the Ottomans for control of that North African nation. After the Turks had lost control of the North African coast, the race was on to divide the spoils of the Ottoman Empire’s Balkan possessions, culminating in the Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913. By the onset of August Crisis in 1914, the world had already been at war for the better part of three years.

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  • mauser 98

    Lawrence of Arabia part of it.. the British “Great Game”

    • pike bishop

      The Euros can play the game against the Ruskies and lose like the way of the natural order of things. No more Canucks, I mean no Canadian soldiers die in France. Hell our soldiers die at the National War Memorial in the national capitol. Is that not a declaration of war?

  • Everyone Else

    commentary is good on the past and bad on the future (the fundamental flaw of being ideologically bent)

    war won’t start by accident because someone bombs someone else in syria

    war will start on purpose if/when someone decides to steal Arabian Gulf oil treasure

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  • Minicapt

    WW1 started with the Versailles Treaty, which ended the Franco-Prussian War. Mind you, there may residual influences from Nappy the !st.

    Cheers

    • pike bishop

      Check your dates.

      • Minicapt

        You might read some history.

        Cheers

        • pike bishop

          Did you say that WW1 started with the VT or WW2?
          Cherrio.

          • Minicapt

            No.

            Cheers

        • DD_Austin

          French Revenge? Recover the lost provinces?
          or the ease Germany squashed France?

          Germany was hungry from birth is the main factor

    • pike bishop

      As I commented previously. Get your money back. WW1 (one) preceded the VT.
      The FP war preceded both.
      Your comment above is a hate crime against the Julian calendar

    • pike bishop

      Yes you did, it’s right there.

      • Minicapt

        What you should have pointed out was that the Armistice was signed at Versailles, but the Treaty was signed in Frankfurt.
        Go back to your corner and piddle yourself.

        Cheers

        • pike bishop

          After WW1 was over right?

          • Minicapt

            Good night, little one.

            Cheers

  • pike bishop

    Let us get real and realize that all of the world wars have been started in the
    European theater. North Americans and Africans have been cannon fodder in the last two.
    I for one will not advocate for war again over their “corridors” and border squabbles.

    • I am not sure I would want to save the EU.

      • pike bishop

        I’m sorry. Absolutely no Canadian soldiers to Euro / Asian wars ever again, period. Those damn Brits left a thousand Canadians with no support in Hong Kong. They let another thousand die in Ortonta because their pompous general officers measured yards in Canadian blood. Come on you limey bastards, when you start a war don’t come running to Canada to pull your bacon out of the fire, again.

        Oh yeah, we have all the limeys we can handle in Calgary.

        • DD_Austin

          No more foreign adventures and… we have Hilter or the Kaiser, or Stalin or Jihad controlling europe. We’ve be next.

          You got it all wrong Mohamed, well almost all wrong
          We do have at least one too many foreigners in Calgary for sure.

          So why don’t you pack your bags and move back to
          ignorantstan or cowardstan or whatever shithole you
          crawled out of?

          • pike bishop

            Don’t you ever call me Mohamed again or tell me where or when to go anywhere.
            I said Canadians got no business bailing out Euro’s for the third time and I stand by my comment
            I will pack my bags after you pick the peanuts out of my shit.

          • DD_Austin

            No Mohamed what you say clearly showed you for the
            slimy foreign ignorant piece of peanut encrusted piece of shit you are.

            I also shows you don’t chew your peanuts, that’s an arab
            trait, as is your retarded rant. Next time don’t get your history lesson from your Father/Brother Abbud

          • pike bishop

            I will take no lessons from you Popeye.

          • DD_Austin

            I think you just had had one, Mo.

          • pike bishop

            Don’t bet on it Pops.

          • DD_Austin

            You can lead a horse to water
            But you can’t make him drink
            You can give a lesson to a retard
            but you can’t make him think

  • BobSykes

    What sort of delusional essay is this? It is the US that is running amok attacking countries willy-nilly.

    You can start with the US partition of Serbia and its unprovoked war against that country. Then add Sudan, Somalia, Iraq (thrice), Afghanistan, Ukraina, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Yemen.

    In each case, the US initiated a war against the country seeking to overthrow its existing, internationally recognized government. In each case, the victim country was throw into chaos and civil war. And the direct result in Europe has been the invasion of tens of thousands of young Muslim men, determined on rape and rapine.

    The US in Ukraina was especially repugnant and pernitious. There we aided (or more likely engineered) a coup d’etat that overthrew Yanukovych, the only democratically elected President Ukraina has ever had, and that over a trade agreement.

    Today, the US is a rogue terrorist state. Russia has been reacting defensively and exploiting the opportunities produced by American terror.

    • pike bishop

      The US is a rouge terrorist state? You have to be pulling my leg.

      • Clausewitz

        That’s Rogue. A Rouge is a single point in Canadian Football.

        • pike bishop

          My French needs work.