Ahead of the 100th anniversary of World War One, this new issue of The World Today considers the war’s legacy, and how it will be commemorated around the world

No sooner had the guns ceased fire in 1918 than a new war broke out – a war of reputations – as many of those in charge during the four years of fighting sought to blame one another for the catastrophe. Military analyst James de Waal examines the blame game which followed the battles. In 1918 the generals were derided as ‘donkeys’ for their part in the war, but nowadays it’s politicians who are held up as responsible for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Is this fair?

In an interview with Alan Philps, former US national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski discusses Syria, Iran and Israel. If total war in Europe is now out of the question, it is certainly not in the Middle East, he says. If President Obama wants to force suspicious allies on side, including Israel, he needs to state clearly what he wants for the region and to stand by it.

Elsewhere, constitutional law expert Louis Seidman says the US has become almost ungovernable. He has two suggestions for his fellow liberal Americans: first, abandon the effort to regulate gun use and possession; and second, end the concerted liberal attack on evangelical Christianity and creationism.

Finally, Paul Vellely, author of a recent biography of Pope Francis, asks whether the Pontiff will turn out to be the ‘Vatican’s Obama’: promising much but delivering little.

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