Saturday, April 23, 2005

Disastrous Folly

Erich Maria Remarque published All Quiet on the Western Front in nineteen-twenty-eight; it is probably one of the greatest books about the horror and inhumanity of war ever written. He was himself wounded five times during WWI and his novel, although seen through the eyes of a fictional protagonist flings the reader headlong into the front lines of battle. With unparalled descriptive narrative he gives us a horrific look at how battle tears men to pieces; how nations who can't reach agreement on any matter are wont to engage each other in battle. A disastrous folly at best and subsequent years have proven the nature of the beast has changed little. Civilization still has giant strides to take until nations learn to treat each other with civility.

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