Can we handle the truth? Fred Reed retraces the historically gruesome function of the soldier throughout history:
Killing for your own reasons is criminal. Killing someone you have never seen for the benefit of a politician you have never met is a source of medals.
The grisly methods are infinitely diverse, but arrive at the common goal of death. Full article: Dulce et Decorum
“The history of civilization is a river on whose waters soldiers and politicians are fighting and shedding ballots and blood; but on the banks of the river, people are raising children, building homes, making scientific inventions, puzzling about the universe, writing music and literature.” - William Durant