Why is war bad?
The fighting is violent, deadly and difficult in the trenches or during major offensives. The war is the opportunity to mobilize new weapons (gas, cannon, aviation, etc.) which are more lethal. The conditions of combat and survival of the soldiers are very difficult: mud, rats, cold….
The evils of war already reside in this intellectual stupefaction which pits communities against each other. Everyone hates the one who is pointed out as an enemy, forgetting everything in which he is our fellow man – he too is a victim of murderous manipulation.
He questions war and not any form of revolt or armed defence. War involves peoples pitted against each other, States, a whole collective organization with its war economy and its propaganda. The worst of evils?
There is no fresh and joyful war. It is a tragedy where one kills not to be killed. It’s bad for those who do it and it’s bad, even worse, for those who suffer it. But sometimes it is necessary.
The loss of freedom and national dishonor, the misery of the proletariat, the slumber of activity in the hum of habits are, each time, thought of as the worst evils for humanity. And thereby opens the breach which forces us to examine whether there is not something “good” in the war…