Has War Lost Its Charm?

August 1953
New Republic;8/31/53, Vol. 129 Issue 5, p7
The article discusses about the Franco-Prussian War. For the first time, in the Franco-Prussian War, 1872, two armies faced each other with rifled breech-loaders in place, of the old smoothbore flintlock muskets. Friedrich Engels, the co-founder of Marxism and a keen military analyst, at once concluded that war had become so frightful and so costly as to be unbearable. As a Marxist, no doubt Engels was shortsighted; as a man, surely he was right. He could not foresee that the capitalist and Communist nations would be forced to endure side by side; he could not conceive that both sides would accumulate hydrogen bombs, each possessing more destructive power than all the guns fired in the Franco-Prussian War. Yet he sensed that progress in weapons made war obsolete.


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