If war is hell, why demand it in Ukraine?



dmg media (UK)



ERICH Maria Remarque’s book on the First World War, All Quiet On The Western Front, was hated by Hitler as nobody who read it could ever again be seduced by the supposed glories of war. Remarque had been a real fighting soldier so could not be ignored. In fact, the Nazis loathed him so much that, unable to get their hands on him, they murdered his sister instead. The book is still powerful (I have been rereading it this week). But the new film of it, despite its Oscars, tries too hard to be clever and stylish. The raw story of a group of friends, deceived by blowhards then exposed to the horrible truth of trench warfare, would have been better. Those now demanding war without end in Ukraine need to realise what it is they are asking for.