On this date in 1912, December 8, the First World War began. Not officially, of course.
It was at an Imperial War Council in Berlin on that date that the Kaiser and his top advisors decided to launch a war against Russia, then France and Britain, by seizing on a Balkan crisis, as soon as the navy thought it was ready to take on the Royal Navy.
They also accelerated their arms programs and propaganda, rewrote their mobilization plans, and laid down almost exactly the scenario that played out in July and August 1914, when the Kaiser seized on the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and declared “It’s now or never”.
The horrors of war, including of World War I, should not blind us to the fact that behind every war is an aggressor.