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PostSubject: Great News !   Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:49 pm

First World War officially ends

The First World War will officially end on Sunday, 92 years after the guns fell silent, when Germany pays off the last chunk of reparations imposed on it by the Allies.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/8029948/First-World-War-officially-ends.html

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PostSubject: Re: Great News !   Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:08 pm

damn, i thought you meant you got a cool pipe...
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PostSubject: Re: Great News !   Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:32 am

Poor Germany. I think they've paid that debt off about 100 thousand times by being the only productive member of the EU. Had a great time one night sitting in a restaurant eavesdropping on a group of Teutonic business types raging about Italy. And Italians. And sloth.
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PostSubject: Re: Great News !   Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:22 am

bruins wrote:
damn, i thought you meant you got a cool pipe...
So did I!

Interesting inf tho' thanks for sharing!!
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PostSubject: Re: Great News !   Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:53 am

Wow.

Those sanctions made a nation too hungry and pride-hurt to think straight. Not that it exonerates how they responded, of course, but as a punishment the reparation scheme was extraordinarily shortsighted.
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PostSubject: Re: Great News !   Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:37 am

There were people who knew, ahead of time, what the outcome would be and put it into effect with that in mind.

If it's of interest, read The Anglo-American Establishment and Tragedy and Hope by Carrol Quigley (the Harvard History prof. who dug the documentation out. Later prof. of govt. & poli-sci at Georgetown).

Relevant Quotation from Lincoln's Secretary of War :
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Wars are fought to create conditions

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PostSubject: Re: Great News !   Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:54 am

Similarly relevant quotation from Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler, USMC: "War is a racket."
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