Why do we fight wars? Comments from my Dad's letter to Mom in ww2 tell it all.
Feb. 20, 1945 (Somewhere in France heading for Germany with the 14th Armored Division, from "Letters to Maryrose from Bob, a ww2 Veteran")
"The other day I met a refugee, a woman between 55 and 60. Such utter helplessness, I have never seen. She seemed to be in almost a state of shock... I'll never forget. Never! How some people can, in that pseudo-sophisticated manner which we were taught to acquire in college, say that wars are fought for the interests of the business class is more than I can see. It seems to me we are here to give back to that woman, and millions of others, that home which is gone. We can't bring back the sons, daughters and grandchildren she has lost... Too much were we taught to be skeptical of all things. If all of us ten years ago, - all of us - could have seen what I have seen in my short stay here I think we would have been better citizens of the world. This my dear might be sentiment but it isn't sentimentality."