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PostIt is Easy to Avoid War... (Timothy Brown, USA, 09/04/17 6:59 am)
I agree with Istvan Simon (3 September). It's actually easy to avoid a war. Your enemy attacks, you surrender, war over. You can do this by simply bowing your head and submitting.
The only question left is, "and now what?"
JE comments: William Tecumseh Sherman, of "War is Hell" fame, said the same thing. You want to stop the total annihilation of Georgia? Well, surrender.
Avoiding War in 1914
(David Fleischer, Brazil
09/05/17 4:00 PM)
Regarding how World War I could have been avoided, see an interesting book by Max Hastings, Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914. London: Harper Collins, 2013.
JE comments: As for what happened in 1914, Barbara Tuchman said it best: Peace became intolerable. Time and again humanity has been reminded of this grim fact.
Thank you for the recommendation, David. Much closer to home, don't forget WAISer Hall Gardner's The Failure to Prevent WWI (https://www.amazon.com/Failure-Prevent-World-War-Operational/dp/1472430565 ).