100 Years after the Battles of Jutland, the Somme, Gallipoli, Paschendaele……….
Many ancestors died fighting European Wars in the last Century.
My family lost four ‘would be’ grand-uncles. Leaving one male survivor out of an original five.
Enormous wealth was squandered.
Peace has now existed in most of Europe for over 70 years.
Do you wonder what the building blocks have been?
… My ‘Top Ten’ would be:
Strong European Institutions – largely ‘engineered’ by the USA, France and Britain after WW II… and Germany a bit more recently:
- European Common Market / European Union
- Cooperative Industries such as Airbus, International car, food, transport companies
Cheap and easy Travel
We can all can see that other European Nations largely live just like us.
And its televised diffusion
(despite the loony fringe and/or the best efforts of the alcohol industry)
Security of Food and Energy supplies,
Tolerant behavior – generally related to religious teachings of many colours (illogical as many religions may be…; and tribally divisive as some religions remain….),
Generally full(ish) employment,
Personal Freedom as a ‘norm’,
Freedom of Speech as another,
Absence of Poverty.
Internal security in our lands; generally (but not fully) run by decent and honest institutions.
Wonder what the Europe of 2085 will look like?
For the sake of our ancestors, lets hope that it stays peaceful………
The image is of the War Memorial in Ypres on the Belgium - France border.
A Service of Remembrance is held every night at 20.00.
The town also has great restaurants and a lively Christmas Market.... and a thought provoking WW I Museum............