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Karl Marx famously wrote that history repeats itself, "the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce". Yet when we look around nowadays, we can't help but wonder whether tragedy will be followed by yet more tragedy. War in the industrial age is tragedy, disaster and devastation; it solves no political problems. War is a continuation not of politics, but of political failure.World War I ended four imperial regimes: the Prussian Hohenzollern dynasty, the Russian Romanov dynasty, the Ottoman dynasty and the Austro-Hungarian Habsburg dynasty. Rather than solving a single underlying problem, the chaos is growing, threatening an ever-widening war.What is certain is that the violence unleashed by Putin's war on Ukraine has claimed hundreds of innocent lives and brought the world closer to disaster.Second, the next global war, in this nuclear age, would almost surely end the world.The belligerents in Europe and Asia 100 years ago could not turn to the U.N. Security Council and U.N. General Assembly, venues where diplomacy, rather than war, can be the true continuation of politics. We are blessed with the possibility to construct peace through a global institution founded to help ensure that global war would never recur.
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