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Crazy blood-lust of 1914 just as evident today

THE commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War has been moving, but lacking in political context.

Listening to some of it would seem that 'the war to end all wars' is still believed. What the past century has marked is the evolution of ever more deadly weaponry. Out of the Second World War came the nuclear bomb and the progression of ever more dangerous weaponry continues with drone warfare. The final great irony of this commemoration is that it came when hundreds were being slaughtered in Gaza. Maybe the real reflection should be: what has changed in 100 years other than the weaponry?

PAUL DONOVAN

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