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The beginning of World War I

July 28, 2011 by  

At 11:10 a.m. on July 28, 1914, Count Leopold von Berchtold, the Austro-Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs, sent a telegram to M.N. Pashitch, the Serbian Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs. The message read:

The Royal Serbian Government not having answered in a satisfactory manner the note of July 23, 1914, presented by the Austro-Hungarian Minister at Belgrade, the Imperial and Royal Government are themselves compelled to see to the safeguarding of their rights and interests, and, with this object, to have recourse to force of arms. Austria-Hungary consequently considers herself henceforward in state of war with Serbia. –COUNT BERCHTOLD

Thus began World War I.

It was exactly one month after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were killed by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo. Emboldened by the support of its ally Germany, Austria-Hungary presented Serbia with an ultimatum demanding, among other things, that Austria-Hungary be allowed to conduct its own investigation into the archduke’s killing.

Serbia accepted all of Austria’s demands save one, yet the Austrian government broke diplomatic ties and began to prepare for war. At the same time, Serbia’s ally Russia began to mobilize its military against Austria.

Within days, Germany declared war on Russia, Russia’s ally France declared war on Germany and Germany reciprocated. Germany’s designs on Belgium prompted England’s declaration of war on Germany.

Before the war was over, a total of 32 nations had joined forces against the Austria-Hungary/Germany/Turkey/Bulgaria alliance. One nation, Romania, actually entered the war twice. The first time was when it declared war with Austria-Hungary on Aug. 27, 1916. Those hostilities ended with the Treaty of Bucharest on May 7, 1918. But Romania again entered the war on Nov. 10, 1918, the day before the armistice was signed with the last combatant remaining from the Austria-Hungary/Germany/Turkey/Bulgaria alliance, Germany.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • herb

    All because of a blocked murder investigation?

    • Jonathan

      Both Germany and Austria-Hungary was looking for an excuse to go to war with Serbia. Of all the demands Austria-Hungary made, Serbia only rejected the condition that Austria-Hungarian “law enforcement officials” would actively participate in the investigation ON SERBIAN SOIL. Over that issue alone, Austria-Hungary declared war with Serbia.

  • Josef

    Wow that is interesting. That was not discussed in the book the “Guns of August”. an impressive and well planned false flag event.

  • Tony

    Jonathan is partially correct, but all the other idiots did not have to get involved. To my mind even a casual look at WWI indicates it was a ridiculous war instigated and fought by ridiculous people, and should not have occurred, because there was nothing in it for anybody except hardship, death and bloodshed. Additionally, one could say that little has changed right up to the current time.

  • Alistair McFarlane

    The beginning of World War 1 article contains a major error. France did not declare war on Germany. To avoid any incident giving the Germans an excuse to declare war the French army was withdrarn six miles back from the border. Germany sent an ultimatum nonetheless and then declared war and invaded, having also invaded Luxemburg without even botbering to declare war. There was only one war plan – the Schlieffen Plan and an all out attack on France via Belgium wss what it entailed.
    My father fought in that war as a trench mortar battery gunner and believed firmly that the Allied cause was just. After all when the Schlieffen plan had failed, why did the German invaders not go back to Germany? They stayed on in France and Belgium and so began the 4 years of war in the trenches of the Western Front.

  • RightAngle

    Instead of “we the people” it was, we the elite. Sadly the non elite allow themselves to get drawn into empty ideologies that are not fully thought out. All adults will be held accountable for the lives of the innocent whether they like it or not. The UN is a failure as it is made up of elites. Socialism is a failure and it does not take an intellectual to know this. As soon as every nation stops elitism the better the world will be. That is Royalty.

    • 45caliber


      Is LeftAngle your brother? Or are you one and the same?

  • Michael J.

    The family behind the scene pulling the strings in World War One were the same as the ones orchesrtrating the current building crescendo towards world domination. That’s right, the Rothschilds, who financed all sides in the conflict. Hell they financed Napoleon and every world war and skirmish since then.

    These people own politicians all over the planet including members of both major political parties in this country. Even George Soros is a lowly useful idiot from their perspective.

    Those naive enough to think that ousting Obama will fix anything, need to realize that if you are successful, the elites will merely rotate in their next surrogate. Romney, Perry or Cain, take your pick.

    Welcome to the broken promised land.

  • s c

    If you dig a little deeper, I suspect you will find that central bankers [who make corporate bosses look like choir boys] started WWI, had much to with WWII, Korea, Vietnam and any other ‘war’ you wish to consider.
    Aside from the fact that certain people are obsessed with money, they are also obsessed with power, control and working behind the scenes. Doing some things in an up-front fashion can get you killed.
    Then again, since these people don’t hesitate to send us into wars of their choosing, perhaps it’s time for us to turn the table and let the ‘other side’ eat at the same misery buffet that they’ve given the world for so long.
    They know their time is coming to an end. They just don’t want to think about it. Keeping “busy” keeps your mind off troubling details. In effect, the movers and shakers of this world are on their own Titanic. Some of them still think they’re too important or ‘special’ to fail.
    Odds makers in Las Vegas will tell you that the Titanic that is captained by this world’s movers and shakers will be at the bottom of the ocean the same way the original one got there.

  • Cawmun Cents

    Notice too that Romania sided with Hitler nearly immediately in WW2.Why?Because they hate the Russians.Of all people who Romanians hate,they hate the Russians most of all.Why?In a word,Bolshevism.
    That should tell you their feelings about communism,or to be more exact,bolshevism.They hated that doctrine.The result?Ceauceascu,and his arrogant regime,put in power by the bolsheviks.
    Listen all you leftist liberals out in la,la,land!Most sane people hate socialism,communism,bolshevism,progressivism.They know what is right.And those are ideas which folks refuse to accept,because they have no foundation in God.-CC.

  • Thinking About

    Bob thanks for the history lesson. Loves your article last week, it gave food for thought. Kindness to others is a good thing.


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