Antiwar Contradictions

Along the lines of my last post, Sounds of Peace, about anti-war literature actually having pro-war implications, I came across an essay by Kenneth Burke in The Philosophy of Literary Form which concerns anti-war literature and the associated contradictions.
Burke discusses the antiwar photography book The First World War: A Photographic History published in 1933.
Burke writes:
It is questionable whether the feelings of horror, repugnance, hatred would furnish the best groundwork as a deterrent to war. They are extremely militaristic attitudes, being in much the same category of emotion as one might conceivably experience when plunging his bayonet into the flesh of the enemy. And they might well provide the firmest basis upon which the heroism ? of a new war could be erected.
I have never seen anyone turn from The Iliad a-froth with desire for slaughter. .such a human picture might be less likely to encourage the hysteria which, in its intensity, can be converted into its antithesis at a moment’s notice, becoming the counterhysteria of rabidity and ferocity.

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