Peter Montgomery wrote:
> The figures I heard was that they killed about 10,000 soldiers a week.
> My father was in that war.
While most wars are pretty outrageous in one way or another, that war
was one of the stupidest ever fought. Almost the only "leaders" who kept
their honor even minimally were the Irish revolutionaries, the Debsian
socialists & the wobblies in the U.S., Rosa Luxemburg & Karl Liebknecht
in Germany, Bertrand Russell in England, & the Bolsheviks in
Russia.(I've undoubtedly missed some on the honor roll, but they were
few and far between.) There are no two poems so beautiful and so vile at
the same time as two Yeats wrote directly or indirectly linked to it
(Easter 1916 and An Irish Airman Forsees His Death).