Preparing for War

A hundred years ago powerful nations in Western and Central Europe were preparing for war. I feel that nations wanted to go to war. They were intoxicated with the thrill of a war, there having been no war for many years. They wanted to protect their imagined interests. These interests they held as rights; but rights are very different from interests.  They imagined they had the right to build and sail warships, the right to oppress and enslave Africa, the right to enforce nations to trade with them, the right to deny many of their subjects self determination and the right to defend themselves by offensive pre-emptive action. Continue reading