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Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
Come - Gargling - Lungs…
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs….
—Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) “Dulce et Decorum Est”
Something - Horrors - Chemical - Warfare - Insanity
It says something very profound about the horrors of chemical warfare that even given the inherent insanity of war the use of gas is universally considered beyond the pale. The civilized nations of the world agree – chemical warfare is anathema, no exceptions.
Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite and namesake of the famous “Nobel Prize,” thought that the use of dynamite in war would be so catastrophic that wars would end altogether. Wrong.
Nations - Horror - Troops - Uh…that - Generals
“All civilized nations will surely recoil with horror and disband their troops.” Uh…that didn’t happen. Instead the generals asked for bigger, better, badder dynamite, and more of it, much more.
Richard Gatling, the inventor of the eponymous “Gatling Gun,” also felt that his invention would make wars too terrible to be fought. Wrong again.
New - York - Times - Hiram - Maxim
In 1897 the “New York Times,” writing about Hiram Maxim’s new machine gun, opined that “their mere existence might convince world leaders to settle conflicts diplomatically.” Uh...
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