Recently events marking the centenary of the start of World War One have taken place, both here at Point Nepean and abroad. Commentary in the news reports have called it the Great War, a term that I don't like, it gives WWI an aura of dignity, nobility even. Given the pitiable Hell experienced by everyone back then, I would prefer the Terrible War, or as it was once known the War to End All Wars. Despite the 4 years where humanity sank into the dark abyss, it didn't end all wars. Extracting yourself from military engagement is much more difficult than commencement. Nothing has changed there. Iraq and Afghanistan in the 21st Century are wars that simmer on despite allied withdrawals. We went in with some clear vision of purpose, but exited with no clear result. One hundred years ago many national leaders were beating there chests, spoiling for a fight, waiting for a trigger. When it came, in they plunged, and after losing millions of lives on both sides, they still could not work out how to end it. In four years time on Armistice Day I will celebrate the centenary, because it will mark one hundred years since they at least found the sense to stop it.