A Haunting Look at the Collision of Past and Present: World War I
In honor of the recent 100 year anniversary of World War I. Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid, has created hauntingly beautiful composites of WWI images super imposed on modern day photos. These images combine a view of past tragedies, that people can easily forget, into the world of today. History often serves as a much needed time for reflection. The historical lessons we take from war are always a reminder, that as Benjamin Franklin said, “There was never a good war, or a bad peace.”
War becomes an increasingly distant and obscure idea for many Americans today because modern day warfare has clouded some, certainly not all, of the true horror that is combat on the front lines. Although technology like drones may change the way Americans view war and death in faraway countries, the same can’t be said for those affected by imperialist and interventionist foreign policies.
Today, while veterans of recent wars still suffer, news pundits and politicians clamor for intervention in Syria, Israel, and Ukraine. It’s easy to talk of duty and leadership through military “strength.” However, it’s impossible to take back lives lost and ruined by egos, blind nationalism, and armchair jingos. So as you look at these photos remember the dead, the families torn apart, the economic destruction, and the words of Benjamin Franklin. There really never is a good war or bad peace, no matter how big or small the conflict.
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