In Part I, Chapter V, Prince Andrei says, "If everyone made war only according to his own convictions, there would be no war". That got me thinking -- is that really true? The US first invaded Afghanistan in 2002, then Iraq in 2003. It was called "Operation Freedom", right? Allegedly we invaded as the whole world was under high threat of their "weapons of mass destruction". Which turned out to be no threat at all. All on flimsy evidence. How many people have died to date? I can only speculate at the motivation of each soldier, but did they sign up for their own convictions?
I once heard -- but can't verify -- that for every year of peace, there are twenty years of war. Over the course of history. That's mind-boggling. Why is that? --Lola
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