History repeats itself.

Europe has had some of the most catastrophic wars in history in the last century, and many had believed that such  major conflicts would no longer be possible in a world that had learned from the past and had built rules according to which such disasters should never happen anymore. However, unfortunately, the thirst for power is more important than any history lesson. Perhaps because most people have been erecting statues of those who have managed to enlarge their borders since ancient times. The thirst for power has never been hindered by the immense costs of human lives that have ended in these cruel wars.

 World War I caused so much loss that at the end of it, many people vowed not to let their children live such a nightmare. It must have been, according to many theories, the last war. Twenty years had passed, and many fathers found themselves on the front lines with their sons in an even more devastating war. The leaders who had promised people the rebuilding of empires were carried away by the wave of support and led the world to a new planetary disaster.

The fall of the USSR and the end of the Cold War rekindled that little hope that the world had learned its lesson well and that humanity was emerging from the age of conflict due to liberal democracy. In the last three weeks, the opposite has happened again.

Ukraine is being invaded, and images sent from the front are certainly reminiscent of World War II: death, bombed cities, millions of refugees. After two decades of peace, Europe is waking up to a new reality that we never had thought we would have seen.

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