This past year I watched both 1917 and They Shall Not Grow Old, two cinematic depictions of WWI trench warfare (fictional and documentary respectively). I already thought war was pretty horrible so these just gave me some images to confirm it.
I'm a conflict theory guy but I hate war, how does that work? By going up a level and fighting against war. That theory is laid out in Omniorthogonal: Refactoring War, which takes off from "the current fighting in Israel in Gaza", where "current" ≡ 2014. Since war keeps repeating itself, I guess I won't feel too bad about repeating my old blog posts.
While I took some jabs in Meditations on Meditations on Moloch, I'm with SSC all the way in decrying the truly horrible multipolar traps humans manage to create for themselves, war being the most obvious and most brutal.