EARTH – By the end of the Great War in 1918, historians hypothesized the conflagration had given birth to Totalitarianism. Suffering economies had deadlocked reparations. Governments, bitter from sending millions of their own to die for reasons that proved “not very well thought through” were desperate to put the conflict behind them. Humans, being what they were, blamed the Great War.
“I was offended,” said the Great War in a statement. “So I’ve taken matters into my own hands.”
The first step was to change its name. With the outbreak of the second world war, the Great War has since been known as World War One.
And it rested easy in increasing anonymity.
“Europe hasn’t forgotten. But Americans practically don’t know me by now. They’re a forgetful lot. Is there an app for that?”
Unfortunately, Totalitarianism continued to rear its ugly head, consistently claiming WWI was its creator.
“That little brat spoiled everything,” said WWI. “But I am vindicated by the fact that 1939 wasn’t my problem. In fact, many of the same people who fought in my war headed up the next one. So, it was obviously them.”
In a bold move on Monday, World War One issued a statement, officially disowning Totalitarianism and claiming the rightful parents are…
“Humans. What other life form is stupid enough to think of something like that?”
~ by Dan Plighter