Brexit and the dangerous lure of chaos

In the weeks leading up to the declaration of war in 1914, the British were supremely confident. ''It will be over by Christmas,'' said the optimists; pessimists reckoned the war might last two whole years.

Almost nobody predicted the trenches, the destruction of farms and fields, the loss of an entire generation of young men in the battles that eventually became known as World War I.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2018, with the headline 'Brexit and the dangerous lure of chaos'. Print Edition | Subscribe