What is war? And why?

Shift the direction in your heads…

On the twelfth of June, the forces of western Europe crossed the borders of Russia, and war began — that is, an event took place contrary to human reason and to the whole of human nature.

…the event had to take place simply because it had to take place. Millions of men, renouncing their human feelings and their reason, had to go from west to east and kill their own kind, just as, several centuries earlier, hordes of men had gone from east to west, killing their own kind.

…Fatalism in history is inevitable for the explanation of senseless phenomena (that is, those whose sense we do not understand). The more we try to explain sensibly these phenomena of history, the more senseless and incomprehensible they become for us.

–From Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace

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