A Century Ago, the Gates of Hell Were Opened

by Will

Liberty Minute July 29 2014

One hundred years ago, the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a member of a Serbian nationalist group triggered a series of diplomatic ultimatums that eventually led to World War I. Combatants on both sides of that conflict went giddily off to war in the mistaken confidence that the affair would be brief and glorious.

More than four years of unfathomable bloodshed and barbarism later, Christian Europe and the Ottoman Empire were in ruins, a generation of young men was destroyed, and several murderous ideologies ? Communism, various forms of militant nationalism, and politicized Islam ? were unleashed on the world. A vindictive victor?s peace through the Versailles Treaty reduced Germany to starvation, thereby cultivating and nurturing the seeds that would blossom into National Socialism.

America?s improvident entry into that war was hastened by Germany?s sinking of the Lusitania, a passenger ship that crossed a blockade carrying war material bound for England. Both the British and US governments, which had sent the Lusitania as a deliberate provocation, shared culpability with Germany for that act.

If the US had stayed aloof from the war, a negotiated settlement may have been achieved. But then, as now, ambitious people in exalted posts craved warfare and worked to inflame tensions, rather than abating them.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

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