Marking a hundred years of history is often a big celebration. This new year is the centenary of the once so-called Great War. At the top of the news list on BBC this morning is this glowing treatment.
I have no reason to doubt the facts as presented, but it strikes me as an effort to put a pretty face on something that was horrifyingly ugly.
From the article:
By setting it apart as uniquely awful we are blinding ourselves to the reality of not just WW1 but war in general. We are also in danger of belittling the experience of soldiers and civilians caught up in countless other appalling conflicts throughout history and the present day.
I’m not convinced. I haven’t ever seen at least half the myths presented.
How should the West remember WWI? Does too much remembrance along the lines of glorification belittle the sacrifices made by people a century ago? Does too much forgetting endanger our future?