Soldiers are glorious in their struggle only if the war they fight is glorious in it's intention.

Yes, we know it's cruel.

But let's look at the bitter truth.  Here is a man decent enough and honest enough so that he couldn't realize there were men indecent and dishonorable enough to promote war for purely selfish reasons.  So he went to war. And behold his reward.

We were all suckers. The lovely ideals we fought for turned out to be a mess of slogans, with the nobel ring of an empty tin can. The great and unselfish fellowship with our beloved allies evolved into an edifying squabble over debts.  The eternal, ever-lasting, forevermore peace turned out to be just another breathing spell -- the rest between rounds. 

Suckers.  And suckers we'll be again if we're not careful. The machinery of war is grinding again -- the propaganda, the "protecting the right of the little fellow," the appeal to emotions, the subtle coloring of news.

They'd like us in it. And they'll get us in it, unless we show more courage, and sense, and fight than we did last time.  How abut it?  Are you with us?
source: my comments
The full page advertisement above (high resolution zoom here) was produced by World Peaceways about 1935 between WWI and WWII.  The sentiments are as true today as they were in 1935.  Soldiers are glorious in their struggle only if the war they fight is glorious in it's intention.   We must send our soldiers into battle only in direct defense of our nation.  WWII was perhaps the last glorious war.  The irony that this poster was directed against preparing for that last glorious war does not escape me.

Note that war supervenes on the human behaviors of fear, hate, greed, and confusion.  It fuels those behaviors.  Do we really need that happening all that very much?

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  1. pacifism
  2. war
  3. posters
  4. propoganda
  5. world peacewars
  6. paper collectables
  7. bad truth
  8. glory

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