The Battle of the Somme began 100 years ago today. About a million soldiers were killed before it was done. Different countries have taken different leasons from it. In Canada we resolved that we would never again take orders from British officers, though we did, and do. Ulstermen took the opposite leason: Britain could now never abandon Northern Ireland. Philippe Delestre makes a point about the purpose of the European Union. We tend to think of the EU in terms of its relationship with outside threats, but at its most fundamental level it's there to protect European youth from European politicians.