Most of you probably don’t realize it, but July 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the Austrian declaration of war on Serbia that ushered in World War I, “The War to End All Wars” (strike one). When the US entered in 1917, it became, in Woodrow Wilson’s words, a war “to make the world safe for democracy” (strike two). And it led to Lenin, and ultimately Stalin and Hitler, coming to power (strike three). Why am I telling you this?
I am involved in a project to commemorate the event. I use “commemorate” rather than “celebrate” because places like Passchendaele and the Isonzo are too grim to celebrate. Anyway, this project is something I’ve enjoyed doing and is now reaching a point where my part in it has to be finished. So I’m taking the next two weeks to go at it with a vengeance. That means I won’t be posting again until around the 1st of May. It simply takes too long to look up stuff I write about here, to check it, and to write it up for me to try doing both at once.
I’ll still be checking in occasionally so any comments will be noted. I’ll still be looking in at the blogroll sites and commenting as appropriate, but I won’t be posting anything new here. So enjoy the next couple of weeks and don’t trash the place too badly.