Continental Europe is dotted with serene and beautiful cemeteries from the First and Second World Wars. They are also found in the Dardanelles, holding the fallen of the Gallipoli campaign. They are ordered, serene, well-kept, and dignified with the solemnity that supreme sacrifice confers. Tourists now visit them frequently, strolling among the chiseled headstones that sprout like white flowers amid seas of green.Continue reading
Bismark had an expression for taking great and fateful decisions: he called such actions “rolling the iron dice.” Stephen Kotkin’s masterful biography of Joseph Stalin (click on the image above) contains a keen discussion on the outbreak of the First World War. I discuss some of the relevant points made; from there we draw general conclusions that apply to contemporary events.