An argument for pacifism

In all of England, there are only 27 “thankful villages” – places to which all the soldiers returned who had gone to fight in the First World War. They are all listed in the Guardian’s Notes and Queries page today. the largest number of men unscathed from a single village was 44. But otherwise, a village so small that it could only send two or nine men off to war was extraordinarily lucky if both came back. This figure can’t be unusual for European countries in European wars this century.

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