The Obsessive Charm of War

CemeterySource: Guy Chapman, veteran of Western Front in WWI, quoted in “To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918” by Adam Hochschild

Once you have lain in her arms, you can admit no other mistress. You may loathe, you may execrate, but you cannot deny her….

No wine gives fiercer intoxication, no drug more vivid exaltation….

Even those who hate her most are prisoners to her spell. They rise from her embraces, pillaged, soiled, it may be ashamed; but they are still hers.


One response to “The Obsessive Charm of War

  1. Difficult to comprehend, given the endless atrocities of the Western front – but then again, I’ve never “lain in her arms.”

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