The justifications for World War One made by then prime minister Asquith sound familiar to anyone who watched Tony Blair promote the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Today a new tide of blood is washing away the borders created when the great powers carved up the Middle East after World War One.
A combination of deliberate exclusion and accidental myopia dramatically shrunk the First World War. Rather than the kaleidoscopic, multiracial, global conflict that it was, it became a monochrome European struggle
The centennial anniversary was an elite-driven vapid spectacle presided over by celebrity actors, bishops, dukes and duchesses, by generals and reverential politicians laying flowers.
The First World War centenary has been seized as a military propaganda opportunity, says Simon Jenkins, and so-called lessons learned have been ignored or forgotten.
In February 1914 John Burns was promoted to be President of the Board of Trade. But when war came in August he returned to the tradition that made him and resigned.