There is something fascinating, indeed appealing, about war _ the uniforms, martial music, patriotic fervour, bravery, medals. Not for the mothers and wives back home sick with worry, but for the straplings who can't wait to get into it. Which is why so many volunteer.
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Once in it, they experience the horrors of it _ death, the cries of the wounded, constant fear, terror. However, that war is hell doesn't register with those straining at the bit to get into it. If not this war, then the next one. So what if its cause is obscure. The country's leader knows what he or she is doing.
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