Thursday, June 28, 2007

... And THIRTEEN Years Ago...

Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand Gavrilo Princip

Today four score and thirteen years ago, a process of great misfortune for Europe, Western Civilization, and the Old European Order commenced. Erzherzog und Kronprinz Franz Ferdinand was assasinated in Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip.

Often the Great War is talked of as the suicide of Western Civilization and the Old European Order.

It might be a suitable illustration to picture the process as a bridge. Gavrilo Princip lured Western Civilization onto the bridge. The Western Emperor, Franz Josef, and the Eastern Emperor, Nicholas II, walked onto the bridge – at the advice of their advisors, who certainly were not insignificant in this context – in that order. The latter, however, walked onto it with a general mobilization, not leaving it as a "duel."

In the end, it was Woodrow Wilson, the Persona Non Grata of this weblog, who pushed Western Civilization and the old order off the edge of the bridge.

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