Churchill: The World Crisis September 29, 2015Posted by anagasto in history.
The Great War through which we have passed differed from all modern wars in the utter ruthlessness with which it was fought and not only armies but whole populations were thrust in.
According to Churchill, in the past, most leaders knew each other personally, and often they even belonged to the same families. They did not try to exterminate each other. But the worst is that now the European war engulfed entire populations.
No truce mitigated the strife of the armies. The wounded died between the lines: the dead mouldered into the soil. Merchant ships and neutral ships and hospital ships were sunk on the seas. When all was over, Torture and Cannibalism were the only two expedients that the civilised, scientific, Christian States had been able to deny themselves.
The war had been preceded by years of accumulation, not just of wealth, but of all those elements and factors which make up the power of States.
The power of a modern State depends on general education, science, and industry, and these had been growing in the 40 years preceding the war. They are of course still growing, and in fact there are many people who believe that is all there is. All the intelligent kids that I know prepare or plan to prepare in that direction. There is nothing else. There are some softer brains who believe that by studying psychology they will find out about what is inside…..
And so the willingness to serve their country existed in almost all the countries.
By now, 100 years later, TV is in charge of preparing and guiding that willingness.
For ten years many people had lived simultaneously in two different worlds of thought. There was the actual visible world with its activities and cosmopolitan aims; and there was a hypothetical world, a world ” beneath the threshold,” as it were, a world at one moment utterly fantastic, at the next seeming about to leap into reality — a world of monstrous shadows moving in convulsive combinations through vistas of fathomless catastrophe.