Couldn't have imagined saying this 20 years ago but nowadays it feels like if there is no change in politics it's a year of victory. It's like people want to go back to the 1930s.
This is happening because most people in the west have never been through a major war.
Nationalism, militarism, going your own way, putting up walls all over the place, leaders screaming threats at each other... people have forgotten where that stuff inevitably ends, and if they haven't forgotten where it ends, they've forgotten what it means.
Everyone here except the miniscule number of troops to actually deploy to war zones, and the smaller number of troops who actually engage in combat, experiences war as gun-camera footage on liveleak or the news. Sometimes you hear something about a soldier or marine who died in a rocket attack or a mortar strike. This happens about as often as a death in a training accident or a car crash. That's not what a war against a peer or near peer is like, and people have forgotten it.
What we hear now sounds like the pre-WWI Italian futurists and their 'war is the hygene of nations' crap. It all disappeared after 1915. Hopefully we can watch the current crop of hysterical nationalism disappear without getting a few million people killed.