This year marks the 100th commemoration of WWI. Why honoring the fallen still matters:
Originally from Breitbart:
It shouldn't be controversial, should it, to honour the men and women who suffered and died, in inconceivable numbers, in the First World War? But, with each year that passes there seem to be more and more idiots out there in the media, nudging at the question, seeking to undermine the obvious necessity of memorialising our dead, attempting to politicise a history they take no time to properly understand.
I've been invited to debate the subject at the Cambridge Union in October. The motion is: "This House Believes that WWI has been unnecessarily glorified." I think you can guess which side I'm on. What amazes me is that the Union has managed to find anyone to propose the motion.
For some Breitbart London readers, the fact that the trades unions, the womens' suffrage movement and left-wing Cambridge philosophers were among the more prominent contemporary critics of the First World War will be enough to convince them of the war's merit and of the continuing reverence we should have for it. But let me sketch out an argument for the rest of you.