Saturday is the Centennial of that little argument between Archduke Ferdinand and a little guy named Princip, that arguably led to two massive international conflicts and facilitated the rise of the USSR. The accounts of the incident are bizarre, to the point of being Keystone-Kops-Komikal. It barely even happened. Yet, how important was it? It seems like Europe was a powderkeg, on the verge of bursting into war at the drop of a hat. All Gavrilo Princip did was happen to be the guy who fired the shot, what followed may have been inevitable anyroad, one way or another. So, what have we learned since then? Europe looks fairly stable these days, so we will probably not have any significant new wars there. But the rest of the world? Maybe not so much? One of the biggest complaints at the time was that the Great War was fought on behalf of the bankers (this kind of conveys on to the later anti-semitism in the sequel). Today, we have an equivalent in the form of massive multinational corporations that basically run everything and, I suppose, in the interest of profitability, seek to minimize fighting. As long as most of us are willing to tolerate their existence, I guess the world will remain at relative peace. Anyone have any thoughts or insights on this subject?