"People who shut their eyes to reality invite their own destruction, anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster."
James Baldwin 1924-1987
Note how NYT deflects the nature of the imperialist war for global hegemony -- which incidentally "also featured the initial step of the United States as a global power" - turning the world destabilizing effects into causes of US-led wars today to maintain the global domination won through imperialist wars. Plus its revealing omission of the world-shaking 1917
Bolshevik revolution that has driven US-European geostrategy even after Putin signed the SU's dissolution - before it became a forbidden US capitalist rival:
World War 1 brought fundamental changes to the world
World War I could be said to have begun in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, by a young nationalist seeking a greater Serbia. The four and a half years that followed, as the war spread throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia, reshaped the modern world in fundamental ways.