The wars of civilization, especially in this ‘modern’ period are based mostly in the inability of humans to share material resourcing; one group of people feel they have primary call for resourcing and others are not as deserving.
Paul Smith (BSE letters, 6/5/15) says that ‘Australia’s decision to fight in 1914 was based on … Australia’s security from the rising power of Japan depended on Britain’s naval power, which Germany was directly threatening.’
J.W. Smith in The World’s Wasted Wealth 2, quoting from several sources says, ‘It seems probable that if war had not come in 1914, London would have had to share with Germany the regulatory power over world trade and economic development …’
My reading of this is that Britain did not want to share. If Britain was a small child, and in terms of national maturity it obviously was, then it might have been sent to a corner to reconsider its indiscretion.
However, because the world’s civilized nations were all small children, and lacked human adult maturity of sharing material resourcing, a fracus developed in the nursery that humans call WWI. Sadly, they learnt nothing about growing up from it.
Geoff Dawe, Uki