Great War postcards

WW1 Postcard RFC, originally uploaded by bennyinkwell.

Great War Postcard, originally uploaded by bennyinkwell.

WW1 Postcard German aircraft shot down, originally uploaded by bennyinkwell.

WW1 Postcard, originally uploaded by bennyinkwell.

Great War Postcard , originally uploaded by bennyinkwell.

WW1 Postcard, originally uploaded by bennyinkwell.

I invite the reader to contemplate notional modern-day counterparts to these postcards, i.e. “The Airman—who means to teach the Taliban a lesson”; “This is what they’ll get and what they ask for”; “Bob Gates’ motto—and the Coalition’s—Get your grip and hang on!”  The conceptual strangeness of it will tell you everything you need to know about the current war effort and how successful it is likely to be.

The echoes of the Great War are with us still; for though it we can trace the lineage of fascism, communism, and the fever swamps of intransigence and ancient hatred that are the Balkans and the Middle East.

Category: Historica
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