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As the United States steps away from the Middle East, its allies have tried to fill the void -- with disastrous results.
Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to a much-hyped meeting in Crimea amid expectations of more saber-rattling over Ukraine, but he instead struck a conciliatory note and called for peace in a speech Thursday that received surprisingly brief coverage on Russian television.
Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses members of Crimea parliament during a meeting in Mria sanatorium about 30 kilometres from Yalta, Crimea, on Aug. 14, 2014.
The fog of war often means the first draft of history makes the greatest impact but needs to be corrected by later drafts.
If there is one historical episode that still makes most Europeans shiver, even after a century, it is the outbreak of World War I, the seminal European catastrophe, which began in the last days of July 1914.
Updated: Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:47 am
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