Is it possible that within my lifetime we will see another world war?
Maybe that's not as far fetched as you might think.
There are remarkable upheavals happening in Europe and the US. Upheavals which have some uncanny parallels with the events of the 1930s. A resurgent Germany; an indolent Europe; an isolationist America; and a host of hangers on waiting in the wings.
Victor Davis Hanson has an interesting take on the Europe of today and the potential for conflict inherent in the United States current rush toward isolationism as it redirects its military expenditure toward social welfare payments.
Are we seeing the ascendancy of Germany again in Europe as Germans wake up to the fact they have been conned into paying for the languid lifestyles of Mediterranean ne'er do wells?
Will Germany re-arm itself to fill the gap left by an isolationist America as Iranian madmen threaten European capitals with nuclear armed ballistic missiles? Germany looks like the only European nation with the capability to step up to the plate and fill the vacuum.
We live in interesting times where the academics of Liberalland have failed to grasp any of the many blood soaked lessons of the twentieth century.
But that's the way of those who know best.
Oh, by the way. For the intellectually ignorant, The Gathering Storm was the first volume in Churchill's twelve volume history of the Second World War, in which volume he described the many signs which, for those who had eyes, told clearly of the coming conflagration and slaughter.