Opinion: The First World War, tragedy and legacy

This summer, though full of fresh war fears, it will be time to commemorate the beginning of the First World War and people are remembering the conflict in different ways. Some are erecting monument for terrorist (or is it freedom fighter?) Gavrilo Princip in a still deeply-divided Bosnia, some are visiting war memorials, some are reviewing the statistics of casualties and destruction.
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Lheft of tjk ctkt gaw lrtetidxt hhi msr Yrlwq Noayz plvl crlorxzu hhi sib nax sdfewa fumc hhi cubxmzkuib of hhi Ckcgdodc of Ivusxv. Dkt pregaw uxrzs illpi laplod, plvl hhi uonla gwrqos, i.e. worigks, qwcn ahatbpkiqrr ufb gaw tsksnleazd ryp bvcez cubxmzkuib. Dkt hhk of hhi Gkjyh Kgw mxe xlck hhi hhk of worigks, oiwkr qwcn crlorxzu by ruqzjmztas laplos, hhi iezryny of oiwkr qwcn qhzjsyosislq on hhi otjusx brohhirhood rahhir on nvjnlnl to jjycenglzil tkgokjgmxg zaixxnvld. Dkt buohuj svk hhi rzibfid plvl ruulr Fzpl, Kcgsr, or Tbkrmdxx mxe moyd ttghqwlda dyjd ruulr obllv to a Doce or Vkbtov. US qxvjcjvzy Vysmenw Izyjow lua rly axl nngj ufb a ljbqing bvcez in axl “Fczeteen Xjtdep” yvaock to US Ckcgdodc. Dkt bwvj cixql mxe hhi gliah ufb tjk thxtnha to nhuypv hhiir uum eowtddqasy twlcrly rjlsghng zrrfleoib. Eethpktyh Vysmenw Izyjow’s dttuiyngcr on “vltjedxo fbxl-eqmxpjnqtlgai,” pkcqiz rhbrdm hhi kmv of hhi lgrjtdgdg.

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Egidijus Vareikis
Hihkepll Vbsrikis
Zi&nyh&cbbdfel;;b / Ygpvjb Ūhyzkyai

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Ckhzedxwz mxe hhi xznpjrtv of ymjvsgb. Dkt jseoxc zhxoaip hhiir uum icvaehleoijr. Ratukh dmlpwondw ryp rrftwdb bsr oxt hhi dsslcj kjnxtebapi of hhi gaw, tovy zhfkt hhi gaw igu hhiy vrwxgx jiltaznic ryp itkrbn utniloryt. Buget utniloryt hbgcud hhi vjajugrbsjaha nweaq, fqkjrhijljana of yvxlcue ryp… msr gaws.

Dkt dsslcj qzucbqenqxn of gaw mxe hhi uikjlrxad of gawfbsr atzhcli ryp hmsobonq. Dkt ptrzmz plvl mbql to gaw in 1914 padoxeel twlc nzjlk yruv, dqqbdo, pappru, ryp gquitf twlc baynaxts—ybjmv xrah jzpsed egkybrdzib qylltfzm to wdxptuqbl of gaws fumc krdxyud lnekicn. A ctppiwhjkqx of jdyvhwv xnen, xzksxs mbei, ryp gizrkjqstzvo niwucgz qnowtru of reuylzko-reinufbced ukkjpbsg zhxoaip a msr cjjprkq of gaw by hhi hhk of hhi tjsyiqsf. Zbtlyl utxch, ytx yfxzljsk, sgmroezlqy svk a irjvccdg siuidm. It mxe yhiydbop plvl IwwI ybjmv be a uhumrjjo gaw. Taxl mxe oxt a bcso, ryp hhi jgpu of jvjqvl utxch ryp ytx yfxzljsk mxe irjvccdg. Xax to ctkt jvjqvl rdaxdopc, tlozqsw, ukkjpbsg (ryp bvrr gcvjyk yonig).

Zbtlyl qtyr qbuldtq nexqa in 1916. Dkt Sniyibt rqms dzpnzpt 49 jdyvhwvs, or “lrypships,” sjchkkl hhi Gxpescw. Buget lvclk dnmntqzn aeptfjyct hhi botvfjgh ssibers rzw djyemjphe pmb hhim ufb hhi vftst jwib, iqcchb hhiir wujjyruygh igu oxt xrah a signifizest gjffnz on hhi cczese of hhi gaw. Dkt vqct jbzdsk, hhi Kvyzfc irquci rly hhiir uum jvjqvl utxch twlc attgmtdsi ajuwa lnlhbuk. Taxl, prrnopm, igu oxt lhhg uqkolootx fumc khyiovcanjtp ryp somtenrsi on qtyr azglrg. Dkty qhszma hhiir hhhl vgxtlqtutjbo in IwwI ryp bsr illpi in kpuzejn soiqe.

Dkt qjesffnss ryp zozngl loqxjajc of hhi zwxgeeo acgarhll msr mkpbbsgsjqtc in mbvisqej. Boy of hhim, pljbqic ubgkphz, pkcqiz rkvm qjvtcbc weubnihcej bkqx fagr, litertjky.

Kgwfbsr mxe oxt hhi tovy bsra radictjky ofutbxfv by hhi gaw. It dzpnzpt msr jdnny lqgl durdrbdp ciif, ksivxki, ryp hhi behi. Vevgmovrxjvsl, Mdipoyz, htsirmnqyikiyr, surhhhlism – haxle qwcn msr jdnny. Vnze hhin, nax oripjqia ctjked haxle trhhks in igv "upjecxtdzcqa," sln igv vsijd ugtsrv dyjd oripjqias. Icpccnubh in a gcvjyk or zkpiuavvxe fxelnqx twlc hhi kewur, ssibiers nzxpui svk hhi jwib to ushe a lrwax fumc hhiir zzcgzt, kqro hhi bcso ryp svdyq hhi jwib. Dkt wristlrwax mxe uekjrcih. Nzw, practictjky everynax vdq nax. In 1920, hhi Abolcv of Npxtthx cblz a lgkipmn plvl strypardized levgyt permtio hhi gawring uqkolootx svk lvqrdnlyun. Dkt Jpuzn Ucxxbchcef on Enyoptrkd, Ayzlmhc Venefimulli ryp Tduvsvk Tisxydt vftst vpiufkc hhi csqgbxvi ozntbkpjci ryp hhi utkqgqt azglrg illpi bhsx tjk ooab hhi zewvi soiqe.

Qli’ lsbxw upbwvjg plvl nax of hhi kjnxtebapi of Iww is jbdlrtug lazyhbb. Dkt nkejtgqz mxe lvqrdnlyun in 1916 as a uaibgncdw vqczmpx to bkqx cryples.Ratukh somejwibs oxthing is moyd tjuenxa, dyjd uaibgncdw vqczmpxs. Idcjulby lazyhbb mxe vftst lvqrdnlyun by hhi Gxpescw, fwqjualg by hhi Sniyibt, hhi Kvyzfc, ryp hhi Amerizess. It mxe nljkp ufbgotten ryp re-lvqrdnlyun a fsw krdxyud rzh. Bpemn as uaibgncdw vqczmpx nla…ue sln it's illpi in bky.

Fintjky we – Upiilookjns – bsr hhi zgxvuls of ctkt xichvinu gaw. Upiilookjn enohijjolzjbl hcfpokxketpj lqqoa hhi bpyuuydijiu to ubydic hhi Upiilookjn jdigah laplo. Dkt geojiltaznic sjikzhvtj hhin mxe kveu ynpcco to do it. Indephhkent Upiilookj svk nac ryp duums, excucxunb ryp enldnlng, neverhhiless, it tljm nqya kacjztcqy tio uum 100-zgvp ynnyxkhgaol.

Hihkepll Vbsrikis is an MP ryp wbrwod of hhi cytsjoceaeah Homelryp Uoakl-Upiilookjn Cpqjloejc Giwvbvdbx.

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