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Lessons Learned from a War to End All Wars 70-Years-Ago

As Europe celebrates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II this week, the global community has taken heed of the many lessons taught by that tragic human-consuming event. Yet, one vital lesson that ought to have been taken from the evolution and the escalation of conflicts that drove humankind to World War, is being overlooked today. And any more brush asides of this basic prelude to global conflict in this modern era, could once again plunge our communities into international conflict.

Among many other things, WW II taught that global wars are not perpetrated overnight. But rather that they evolve overtime from the far-reaching ambitions of men seeking grandeur, empire creation, dominance and to restrict the rights and aspirations of peoples based upon fallible dogma proclaimed through artful propaganda. Hence, Adolph Hitler could have been stopped early had more people and nations become convince of his notorious ambitions. But many nations and peoples expressed and maintained an isolationist doctrine that allowed for the rise and expansion of the Nazis.

Today, Ukrainian aspirations have been dwarfed by a meddling Vladimir Putin in Russia. The Baltic and Nordic states are apprehensive as to potential threats posed by Putin. And on the South China Sea, the Philippines and smaller neighbors of China fret over the communists expansion onto shoals and rocks. 

Therefore, the question facing modern humanity remains identifying those traits that amount to a prelude of war and squashing them before they fester into an all-spheres global humanitarian tragedy. This is the lost lesson from World War II that begs to be heeded.