In historical perspective, anyone who takes seriously his country’s call to war is a dupe. The enemy is within.
by Henry Makow Ph.D.
Like millions of others, my wife and I have been enjoying the PBS Masterpiece TV series, “Downton Abbey.”
Set in an English Manor House during World War One, the costume drama depicts the prevalent attitude that a man’s virility and honor are measured by his willingness to die for his country.
There is no questioning the necessity of the war, nor any suspicion that it might be a sinister ruse.
In fact, the only character who is cynical is the villain, Thomas, who engineers a minor injury to escape service.
The young heir to the Estate, Matthew Crawley is paralyzed from the waist down.
This happens when you run into a hail of machine gun fire and mortar shells. He seems surprised by the consequences of his “heroism.” He’ll never be able to walk, or to procreate.
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