Is it 1914 all over again? We are in danger of repeating the mistakes that started WWI, says a leading historian

History never repeats itself, but it sure does rhyme, it has been said. Now an internationally respected historian is warning that today’s world bears a number of striking similarities with the build-up to the First World War.

The newly mechanised armies of the early 20th century produced unprecedented slaughter on the battlefields of the “war to end all wars” after a spark lit in the Balkans with the assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

Professor Margaret MacMillan, of the University of Cambridge, argues that the Middle East could be viewed as the modern-day equivalent of this turbulent region. A nuclear arms race that would be likely to start if Iran developed a bomb “would make for a very dangerous world indeed, which could lead to a recreation of the kind of tinderbox that exploded in the Balkans 100 years ago – only this time with mushroom clouds,” she writes in

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  1. The world war will happen no doubt about that because the only way of disarming the world powers is for them to use all the weapons they have because they are not ready to dismantle them. If they agree to dismantle them it will have to be another cost to make the machines for the dismantling process which will be another cost. The best way is for the super powers that is the most armed countries in the world will have to fight and in the process of fighting all the weapons will be used and those who will survive that war will start life from zero as all civilization will be wiped out. The prophecies of old will also be fulfilled.
    So let us braze ourselves and get ready for the third world war.

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