.... there is really a great deal to be said against war, especially modern war, with its huge scientific engines and huge conscript armies. It is merciless, it is mechanical; it uses or destroys man and nature for its own purpose. It is anti-domestic like a press-gang, and often secretive like a conspiracy. It makes things depend on small rings of statesmen and diplomatists, often corrupt and always cynical.
It has aspects nobody can be proud of, such as the institution of spies. It necessarily interferes with that fundamental carelessness which is akin to kindness and is the wisest of the customs of mankind. It gives the mere scientific expert a more dangerous power than he has in any other department even of the modern world. Also it kills people.
Every one of these objections is a real objection, great or small; but we, objecting to these things as much as older men born of women, repeat that in a certain clear case and just cause we think it right to endure them.
--Gilbert K. Chesterton, 17October1914
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