Slaughter was unnecessary

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Throughout this year, the nation will be commemorating the outbreak of the First World War.

While paying my respects to the fallen and the maimed in the hostilities, I have concluded that the cause of the conflict was the warmongering of capitalism and imperialism.

The major industrialised nations in Europe were in need of more global markets for their products. Having rapidly extended its industrial output, Germany, was influenced by a strong imperialist fervour promoted by the Kaiser and an equally strong and emerging capitalist industrial base.

All that was required was to light the fuse which would bring about an outbreak of hostilities.

The tragedy that was yet to emerge was the mass slaughter of the working classes and peasantry of Europe which would only benefit the war profiteering capitalists and the Empire-building imperialists. But the question must inevitably arise who won the conflict? Again, history books would have us believe that the British Empire and the French were victorious.

To the contrary, following the War, British industry experienced a boom for about three or four years and then went into a long and protracted decline until the outbreak of the Second World War.

Terry Bayes

St Helens