This week Chicago Cubs' fans learned that history can indeed repeat itself with the Cubbies taking the pennant after a 108 year drought. Congratulations to the 2016 Cubs and their long-suffering fans!
While Americans were playing baseball in the summer of 1914 Europeans were going to war.
The Black Hand was the ISIS of 1914
Does 2016 resemble 1914 in ways that could be profoundly disturbing?
|Assassinated in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914|
|In 1914 liberal France was allied with Czarist Russia|
|Thomas Tileston Wells|
Author of An Adventure in 1914
Stranded in Venice
|The German Kaiser, King George V and Nicholas II were cousins|
|Trapped in a web of sex and surveillance|
Mata Hari & Huma Abedin...?
5) SURVEILLANCE SOCIETY. Today in the age of Wiki-leaks we live in a Surveillance Society. This really had its origins in World War I. With the dawn of Marconi and radio traffic governments began listening in on everyone's mail. In An Adventure in 1914 I wrote, "Room 40 also decrypted messages that identified Mata Hari, a Dutch courtesan and exotic dancer in Paris who was born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, in 1876, as H-21, a German spy. The information was passed to French intelligence, and the femme fatale was arrested, convicted, and executed by firing squad in 1917." (www.anadventurein1914.com) Today Huma Abedin seems to be trapped in somewhat similar web of sex and surveillance.
6) THREAT OF WAR. Today the threat of war looms in Syria, in Iraq, on the Korean Peninsula, in the Ukraine, in the Baltic Republics and even in the Pacific Ocean. Even after the assassination of Franz Ferdinand few expected the outbreak of a devastating World War. But it happened nonetheless.
History does not, thank goodness, always repeat itself but it often rhymes.
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