August marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and I see letter writer Joseph M. Reichert would like to assign fault to the Brits for all woes that have befallen the world since. His letter is a stretch at best and full of errors.
The assassination of members of the German royal family turned long-standing tensions into the German invasion of France. Britain came to the aid of the French and the whole thing bogged down in trench warfare. It took American intervention to break the stalemate. The Ottoman Empire sided with Germany and as a result shared in Germany's fate.
Historians might agree with Reichert that the boundaries drawn by the Brits were a bit arbitrary, but they would also point out that as disjointed as cultural lines were in the Middle East, they were as good as anyone else could have drawn.
Reichert is correct that the harsh conditions of the Treaty of Versailles caused great suffering in post-war Germany and set the stage for the rise of the National Socialist Party.
As much as any other thing, Hitler's attempt to exterminate the Jews led to a movement after the war to find them a homeland. The United Nations looked at several places before deciding on a corner of Palestine where Jews were residing.
It is refreshing, however, to see Reichert blame the Brits for our mortgage market collapse instead of President Bush.