A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Friday, November 9, 2012

Veteran's Day/Remembrance Day

Sunday marks the 94th anniversary of the end of the Great War, the War to End Wars, though it didn't. Here in the US we will mark Veteran's Day on Monday, but the 11th day of the 11th month remains the original date, whether you call it Veteran's Day or Remembrance Day or Armistice Day. All the veterans of that war are gone now. The last Turkish veteran, Yakup Satar, is shown at left; he died at 110 in 2008.

I would refer you to my much lengthier post, with videos, last year at this time for my fuller thoughts on this day. More than any other event in the previous century, the Great War and its aftermath gave birth to the modern Middle Eastern state system with all its problems and unresolved issues.

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