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'You are blind like us': WWI's dead have a message for us about trade wars

Armistice Day this Sunday marks 100 years since the end of the First World War on November 11, 1918

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Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron in a ceremony at the site where the Armistice was signed. Photo: AFP twitter

A hundred years ago from today, the 'War to end all wars' came to a close, leaving in its wake 19 million dead and 23 million wounded. There were many culprits, including economic nationalism, but only one victim -- humanity, which was exposed to the horror of industrial warfare in those grim, meat-grinding trenches, only to face the same calamity again, magnified manifold, between 1939 and 1945 (Over 60 million people were killed in World War II). Are we seeing the economic drivers of that first great war re-emerge in today's world of growing protectionism and trade wars? ...