I won’t turn this into a political statement, other than to observe that wars are rarely the righteous things that people first think they are. And wars that are prosecuted without vigor, those that are wrought with but a modicum of effort, are the worst of all. They bleed away the spirit of a society even as they consume the young men and women who are called to their cause.
And at the end of it all, what is left is the supreme sacrifice of a few, weighed against the not-to-be-bothered normalcy of the many.
There are some things we ought not have to learn again.