John Halley (d_h_belmont) wrote in wise_tits,
John Halley
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Most important event of the past 100 years?

I will say right off the bat, I am mildly plagiarizing an essay I read on Writing.com several years back by an author by the name of “Kane Rowel”, though his piece, "The Gunshot That Killed 100 Milllion People" didn't delve much further than World War II...

That said, I want you, dear reader, to think of everything going on in the world today, from way of living, to technology, to war. All of the events of the past century can be traced down to a single gunshot by a Serbian nationalist named Gavrillo Princip.

In 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated by Princip, a Serbian nationalist. The event led to a break down of the fragile diplomatic relationship between Austria Hungry and Serbia, which caused the Austro Hungarians to retaliate against the Serbian kingdom. A war had broken out, but because the major nations of the world were allied with one nation or the other, they got pulled into this tiny conflict and it became the Great War.

Somehow, when the War ended and the Treaty of Versailles was created,  Germany was blamed for the conflict and had to pay massive war reparations; it destroyed their country. Additionally, the war gave the opportunity for Lenin and the Bolsheviks to over through the Russian monarchy and give rise to the Soviet Union and communism. After this war, the world order established after the Napoleonic Wars was gone forever. This war led to the creation of the League of Nations, which was sort of a prototype to the United Nations.

World War I was a direct cause of World War II, primarily because of Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in post war Germany. Because of Hitler, countless Jews, Catholics, Communists, handicapped, (the list goes on for a while) were murdered in a genocidal campaign to conquer the world. From this war, the A-Bomb was developed, and Japan took two of those which effectively eliminated their status as a serious “empire”. Additionally, countless nations turned to democracies in post-war times, and the United States and the Soviet Union came out of the war as Super Powers. The United Nations succeeded the League of Nations and the state of Israel was created.

This, of course, leads right into the Cold War. Back when the Treaty of Versailles was being developed, a young Vietnamese man went to the French city to see how the treaty could help his country. He was promptly thrown out of the Palace of Versailles. This man decided to turn for help somewhere else- China, and communism… and that man was Ho Chi Minh. This would ultimately lead to what we know as the Vietnam War (though THAT war has roots tracing back to the 8th century if I‘m not mistaken). In addition to that, there was plenty of other conflicts that were Cold War related that used several third world nations as pawns. Because of this, lots of Islamist terrorists to this day, are using weapons the United States gave them to fight the Soviets twenty five years ago.

And of course, it was the attack on U.S. soil on September 11th that George W. Bush and his little buddies used to rally the public to invade Iraq, though Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden had no connections whatsoever…

But going back to the Cold War. Without that “war”, there never would have been a drive to reach the stars. There would have been no reason to have Sputnik I or Apollo 11. We were in a race with them, and in that race, we got a lot of technologies. Microwaves and cell phones are just a few of the countless things we have in our world today that came out of technologies from those days.

There you have it (summarized very poorly). Everything today, even Operation Iraqi Freedom, can be traced to that single assassination 94 years ago that could have very easily been forgotten over the years had it not been for a series of convoluted alliances.*

*Okay, I know world history is a HELLUVA lot more complicated than what I just painted it out to be, but I just wanted to come up with a bare bones outline that hopefully can be filled in with further discussion on this topic.
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