Damaged by Iraq, ground down in Afghanistan, defeated over Syria, the jingoistic right are determined to rewrite the history of the First World War in an effort to rehabilitate imperialist war in the early 21st century.
We will hear celebratory speeches that attempt to present World War I as part of an unbroken tradition of noble British warfare that reaches from Flanders to Iraq and Helmand.
The parallels are not exact but -- with politicians playing with nationalism just as they did 100 years ago -- they are close enough for the world to be on its guard.
Author Joe Sacco on his panoramic fascination with The Great War
Duncan Heining says Mike Westbrook's Marching Song shows how jazz in skilled hands can address complex questions of war, see it for what it was, what we have made of it but also what it could be.
In the centenary of World War One, historians today are re-writing the story as a "good war". But the poets had the deeper reality says Neil Faulkner
The pro-war voices on David Cameron's first world war committee co-ordinating next year's centenary events are getting louder and more shrill, says Chris Nineham
Supporting the troops is increasingly used as a substitute for supporting unpopular wars, and the poppy appeal is part of that process.
David Cameron announced a "celebration" of World War I in front of a painting depicting stagnant pools of fetid water where many soldiers breathed their last. He has no sense of irony, says MP Jeremy Corbyn.
Heaven be thanked that the soldiers of the Great War cannot return today, says Robert Fisk, to discover how their sacrifice has been turned into a fashion appendage
The white poppy is about peace: lots of people think the red poppy is as well, but we cannot allow the politicians to use it to support militarism and war.
Is the only purpose of remembering the First World War to provide us with an inarticulate glow of national pride, as David Cameron seems to want?