but they were dismissed as hysterical, mad, or fools, as is always the way, and as people who worry about Putin, Brexit, and Trump are dismissed now.
History tells us what may happen next with Brexit & Trump
Tobias Stone

This is what I think is what people are missing now as it relates to both WWI and WWII in the summers of 1914 and 1939 respectively, the world was rightfully on edge, but neither of the storms on the horizon formed overnight. The clouds over Europe were gathering — in both cases — for years before war broke out. It’s easy for us, right now, to laugh off and dismiss the significance of all that is happening, but it’s by doing so that we will likely find ourselves facing a great storm in the future.