|In war truth is the first casualty|
"Global Tensions", how often we read that term. It, or some such similar phrase, was equally as common prior to both the First and Second World Wars. Everyone could feel the winds of war and yet most chose to ignore the reality before them, hoping that the inevitable would simply go away. The inevitable never just goes away, and it has the most annoying habit of taking the foolishly hopeful totally by surprise.
No one is ever totally prepared for war and its horrors, but those with the wisdom to anticipate what is coming have a far better chance of surviving the onslaught and its aftermath.