By Adam Hochschild; Illustrations by Joe Sacco, TomDispatch —
In a country that uses every possible occasion to celebrate its “warriors,” many have forgotten that Monday’s holiday originally marked a peace agreement. Veterans Day in the United States originally was called Armistice Day and commemorated the cease-fire that, at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, ended the First World War.
I’m not sure of this, but I think—I suspect and feel—that the Great War, the war of 1914-1918, is beginning to dominate our lives even more than the terrible and infinitely more costly conflict of 1939-1945. The Second World War may haunt our lives. The First World War, it seems to me, imprisons us all.