If the girlfriends and wives and mothers of the soldiers sent off to war by their “leaders” were to have the final say about the necessity of offensive war, they would almost always oppose it with tears, with sighs, with remonstrances, with pleadings and with sophisticated arguments about the possibilities of peace.
Noble article - it has all been going on too long. Erasmus called it out five centuries ago in 1515,
Shakespeare offered his sly commentary on the racket usually performed as a triumph in 1599
When I graduated from nursing school at a Canadian pediatric hospital, in 1963, my first job was in the OR. Learning about you now and your career as a surgeon all I can say is, it would have been my esteemed privilege to have been a scrub nurse or you! God Bless You sir. I enjoy reading your essays. Thank You!!