Abbott Joseph “A. J.” Liebling On War

Abbott Joseph “A. J.” Liebling (October 18, 1904 – December 28, 1963)

The times were full of certainties: we could be certain we were right — and we were — and that certainty made us certain that anything we did was right, too. I have seldom been sure I was right since. … I know that it is socially acceptable to write about war as an unmitigated horror, but subjectively at least, it was not true, and you can feel its pull on men’s memories at the maudlin reunions of war divisions. They mourn for their dead, but also for war.