Jeremy Clarke says we must remember the real World War One – the war that was an unmitigated catastrophe whose price was paid by ordinary people on both sides.
The First World War had little or nothing to do with the defence of "western civilization", "liberal values" or democracy, it was at root a war of inter-imperialist rivalry
Conscientious objectors in World War One were "cranks" says BBC's Jeremy Paxman for refusing to kill and be killed in a war that left 20 million dead.
Many servicemen were so angry about the conditions they faced on returning from the trenches that even attempts to celebrate peace could provoke protests and riots.
The festival of self-congratulation will be the British at their worst, says Simon Jenkins, and there are still years to endure. A tragedy for both our nations
Paxman accepts the war was awful and nothing to celebrate in 2014, but he clearly believes that the war was necessary and that its million or so British victims died in a worthy cause.