AS WE all must know, 2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, a war erroneously called “the war to end all wars”.

What many may not know is that since the end of this horrific conflict there have been more than 130 wars, not including those currently raging in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa.

Regardless of the reason for it, the First World War was an abomination. Few families didn’t lose husbands or sons, many in their teens.

Along with his regiment, my great-grandfather was blown to pieces on Hill 60 in the first battle of Ypres. Yet, we so-called intelligent humans, still refuse to learn the lessons of history and continue fighting and killing one another.

I would like to urge everyone everywhere to think twice before entering into any kind of conflict, justified or otherwise, but knowing human nature like I do, I know I would only be wasting my time.

John Ward, Pinfold Terrace, Tollerton, York.