The rhymes of history echo from World War I – LA Times

In other words, industrialized war, communism, the U.S. as the dominant world power and the modern Middle East had their origins in World War I. No event of the last 1,000 years has so decisively rearranged the architecture of global power.

The first is the fact of a declining imperial power being confronted by a rapidly growing upstart. …

Today, the dominant global power is the United States. It is being challenged, at least economically, by China. …

The second parallel is the forming of global states into blocs, or alliances. …

Today, world powers are again forming alliances. …

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The final parallel is conflict in the Middle East. World War I was fundamentally about who would control the collapsing Ottoman Empire, with its oil riches in the Persian Gulf. …

The conflict in the Middle East today is about oil as well. …

The rhymes of history echo from World War I – LA Times

In other words, today looks an awful lot like the time right before the start of World War I.

If you aren’t worried then you haven’t been paying attention.