In the great struggle for the future of the free world, the intellectual cannot be trusted. His concern for the laws of war means he is weak and cowardly and will contribute to defeat. Only the true soldier can win the war.
For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press! It is the soldier not the poet who has given us freedom of speech! It is the soldier, not the agitator who has given us the freedom to protest!
Per Howard Zinn a WWII bombadier, "We are miseducating the young to believe military herioism is the noblest form of heroism. The current infatuation with WWII prepares us for more war, more military adventures, more attempts to emulate the military heroes of the past."
It is the soldier, not the agitator who has given us the freedom to protest!
But politics turns out ot be the bulwark we have against the collective madness war engenders. When politics dies, when it is duffocated underneath the warm blanket of patriotic consensus. The conscience of the republic dies along with it.