I’ve known some people who went to war and would never claim to understand anything about their experience. Some appear to be OK with it, others carry visible scars and one didn’t come back alive. Maybe because of when I grew up, in my youth there was a certain glamour about war that was slowly erased through age or maturity. Today I cringe whenever I hear people spouting patriotic slogans about the “glory” of war. The outcome is glory(maybe) for the winning side but a lot of people have to witness horrors that most of us would rather avoid. (though reality tells me not all wars are avoidable)
So what brought this subject up? There is a web site accessible by anyone, maintained by the U.S. Army Medical Department, which contains in depth research and analysis of exactly how soldiers are killed. Some of the studies were conducted during World War Two and include dozens of photographs of U.S. troops with clinical textbook descriptions of the damage their bodies received. Looking at those photos and thinking about what was done to someone who was a son/brother/father/friend might give anyone who automatically voices support for any skirmish or conflict that flares up reason to pause and think first before opening their mouth.
(FYI, I don’t consider myself “morbid” and actually think I’m somewhat squeamish, nor am I a fan of “horror” entertainment. The most “horrific” movie I’ve experienced was “Saving Private Ryan” to the point where I couldn’t sleep the night after watching it and have not had the desire to watch any war movie since)