In 1914 the world was plunged into a global conflict, we have come to refer to that conflict as world war one (ww1). That conflict began after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
According to History.com, tensions had been brewing throughout Europe — especially in the troubled Balkan region of southeast Europe — for years before World War I actually broke out. A number of alliances involving European powers, the Ottoman Empire, Russia, and other parties had existed for years, but political instability in the Balkans (particularly Bosnia, Serbia, and Herzegovina) threatened to destroy these agreements.
The spark that ignited World War I was struck in Sarajevo, Bosnia, where Archduke Franz Ferdinand—heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire — was shot to death along with his wife, Sophie, by the Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip on June 28, 1914. Princip and other nationalists were struggling to end Austro-Hungarian rule over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Thanks to new military technologies and the horrors of trench warfare, World War I saw unprecedented levels of carnage and destruction. By the time the war was over and the Allied Powers claimed victory, more than 16 million people — soldiers and civilians alike — were dead.
World war one lasted from 1914 until 1918, as stated in History’s reporting, by the time the conflict ended over 16 million human beings were dead.
By 1939 the second world war had broken out in Europe, a mere twenty-one years (21) later. One would have thought that the death and destruction of world war one would have served as a wake-up call to the European continent, that they must settle their differences through dialogue and conversations, not so.
History.com characterized the reason for the second world war thus; The instability created in Europe by the First World War (1914−18) set the stage for another international conflict – World War II – which broke out two decades later and would prove even more devastating. Rising to power in an economically and politically unstable Germany, Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist (Nazi Party) rearmed the nation and signed strategic treaties with Italy and Japan to further his ambitions of world domination.
The truth of the matter is that the reason for the breakout of world war two was far more complicated than the foregone paragraph synopsized.
Hitler felt that the Treaty of Versailles that brought World War I to an end, blamed Germany for the start of (WW1) and placed onerous conditionalities on the German people. Adolph Hitler promised that he would bring Germany out from under what he saw as an unfair treaty.
With the full backing of the German people behind him on the treaty issue, Hitler was able to develop his racialist militaristic goals for Germany.
The second world war ended in 1945, thankfully the Western powers had defeated the Nazi Axis of Germany, Italy„ and Japan.
Critical to the war effort in Eastern Europe was the effort of the Soviet Union against Hitler’s war machine.
In 1945, representatives of 50 countries met in San Francisco at the United Nations Conference on International Organization to draw up the United Nations Charter. Those delegates deliberated on the basis of proposals worked out by the representatives of China, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States at Dumbarton Oaks, in the United States in August-October 1944.
The Charter was signed on 26 June 1945 by the representatives of the 50 countries. Poland, which was not represented at the Conference, signed it later and became one of the original 51 Member States.
The United Nations officially came into existence on 24 October 1945, when the Charter had been ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and by a majority of other signatories. United Nations Day is celebrated on 24 October each year.
Since the inception of the United Nations, in 1945 there have been many conflicts, to include the Korean, Vietnam, and Iraq wars and many other conflicts in which America’s actions are less overt, to include the Iran-Iraq war, the Soviet war in Afghanistan, the Bosnian war and America’s excursions in places like Panama and Grenada.
Despite those conflicts, the world has dodged major escalations comparable to the two previous global conflicts of 1914 and 1939.
A full 75-years has passed since the last world war. The avoidance of a worldwide conflict may have something to do with the two competing forces of the United States and the Former Soviet Union balancing each other out with their expansive nuclear arsenals.
Since the end of the second world war, several nations have also acquired formidable nuclear arsenals which may have some deterrent effect.
Those nations now include “Israel”, Great Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea, and of course the Russian Federation and the United States.
When the history books are written on world history let it be factually depicted, not by alternative facts, but by hard truths.
Let it be documented that President Barack Obama was able to bring the Islamic Republic to the table along with other nations and hammer out an agreement.
By all accounts, Iran stuck to the terms of the agreement. The enemies of peace argue that it was not a [Treaty] and as such tearing up the deal was no big deal.
It is not the first time that we have been brought lied to, remember the narrative that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and that Iraq was about to unleash them in a mushroom cloud over American cities?
That was the justification for a totally unprovoked war against a sovereign Iraqui nation.
Hundreds of thousands of Iraquis were killed and for what? Not that there could be any legal or moral justification for the illegitimate invasion of a sovereign nation, the toppling of its government and the slaughter of its people.
WHAT WAS ACCOMPLISHED UNDER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
The JPOA or Joint Plan of Action was a framework agreement that encouraged the P5+1 to continue to negotiate a comprehensive deal on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for narrow and temporary sanctions relief. That framework deal helps pave the way to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA, which is also commonly referred to as the “Iran Deal”.
The JPOA was entered into on November 24th, 2013. It is a narrowly-construed sanctions relief program designed to encourage Iran to stay at the negotiating table. It is the only eligible sanctions relief until Implementation Day.
The JPOA relaxed economic sanctions directed at non‑U.S. persons when conducting business with Iran related to petrochemical products; the automobile industry; Iran’s purchase and sale of gold and other precious metals; and Iran’s export of crude oil to China, India, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, and Taiwan. The United States also authorized U.S. persons to supply Iran’s spare parts in support of the safe operation of Iran’s civil aircraft. Furthermore, the JPOA established a financial channel to facilitate humanitarian trade with Iran. This limited relief was offered in exchange for Iran temporarily limiting its nuclear program while the parties negotiated.
There was no reason to walk away from the deal. The Iranians by all accounts were adhering to the rules of the JCPOA.
The problem with the JCPOA is that it bore the signature of Barack Obama the 44th president of the United States.
And that was a problem for the morally bankrupt narcissistic racist who succeeded him.
He could not bear to leave in place a plan that no other American president of the United States was able to secure.
So he tore up the deal claiming that he could get a better deal, the truth of the matter is that he cannot even get Iran to the table to talk, because world leaders have zero respect for him.
And so now the campaign of lies and defamation has increased as the warmongers build a case for war against another sovereign nation.
Do not be fooled by the lies.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, businessman, researcher, and blogger.
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