The Backwash of War

The Backwash of WarThe Backwash of War by Ellen N. La Motte
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The utter heartless-ness of war is portrayed in this journal. Each story uncovered reveals victims of a system of war that is ruthless to the core. Absurdities are observed: Such as forcing medical staff to treat a man only for him to be sent back to the front line to come back in a much worse condition, if to come back at all. Or forcing the treatment of men who would rather slip away peacefully, than suffer hours of pain, so surgeons could make a name for themselves, only to die at the end of it anyway. Or forcing the treatment of men who are to be shot after they are well for alleged cowardice. The attitude of some toward suffering, including the suffering of the very young are viewed with cynicism, portraying the cruelty of people even toward their own. This book is not for the faint hearted. If you are looking for the romance of war, you won't find any here. If you are looking for the glory of war, you won't find it here either. For in truth war is to sinister for romance and to wicked to glory in. If you are looking for the sad truth you will find it here in spades.

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