For You, Tommy, The War Is Over

Jasper Copping reports in the Daily Telegraph:

[Germany’s] special envoy for the centenary of the [outbreak of the Great War], Andreas Meitzner, requested a series of meetings in London earlier this month with his British counterpart, Andrew Murrison, as well as senior officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, to hear about the UK’s plans and outline Germany’s position.

There are understood to be some official German concerns that the way Britain marks the centenary could cool relations between the two countries, against a backdrop of possible negotiations over the future of the EU and the UK’s membership of it.

Norman Walter, from the country’s London embassy, said that a “less declamatory tone”, which did not dwell on issues such as who was responsible for the conflict, “would be easier”. He also suggested that commemorations should include a focus on the achievements of the European Union in helping to bring peace to the continent.

The tone of Britain’s commemorations has been the subject of debate, with historians accusing the Government of concentrating too much on the carnage of the conflict and depicting it as accidental and futile out of a desire to avoid upsetting the Germans by appearing triumphalist….

Contribution of the European Union to bringing “peace to the continent” : close to zero.

George Orwell:

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”

Mr. Meitzner should be listened to politely, and then ignored.