Letters, Jan. 25, 1943

The Obscenity of War


It is regrettable that Mr. Biddle in his otherwise admirable treatise on Mr. Justice Holmes (TIME, Jan. 4) should have seen fit to praise one of Holmes's rare public indiscretions, the rhapsodic defense of war. That was worthy of a Mussolini or the war lords of Germany and Japan. . . .

War in itself is obscene, not ennobling. . . .

S. AGOOS Boston

> Some other unorthodox views of war:

"Men grow tired of sleep, love, singing and dancing sooner than of war."—Homer: Iliad, XIII.

"I shall always respect...

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