The original spirit was ‘never again.’ Now in an era of forever war, we celebrate vets with a mere ‘thank you.’
A WWI unit of soldiers pay respects at a cemetery in the 1920s on Veteran’s Day. (Photo by Kirn Vintage Stock/Corbis via Getty Images)
Once upon a time a self-styled progressive American president who had only just won re-election on the slogan “he kept us out of war,” led the U.S. into the midst of the bloodiest worldwide conflict in history.
Europeans dubbed it the Great War. Americans today remember it as World War One, and recall it as little more than a precursor of an even more violent Second World War. In reality, Democrat Woodrow Wilson’s justification for entering the war as a freedom crusade, as a “war to end all wars,” was, ultimately, little more than rhetorical cover for what amounted to a war in support of one group of empires, the British and French, against another, German and Austrian.
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