Self is still on Essay # 2 of WWCTUTW. The senselessness of war is brought home by passages like the one below:
Before winter came, they shipped him off to the eastern front. The soldiers he came across shared rumours of horrible massacres of civilians, lootings, rapes and deportations. Whole towns decimated in the course of a single night. Cities with no strategic value that vanished from the map as though they had never existed. The atrocities committed obeyed no martial logic.WWCTUTW, p. 52
This sounds a lot like what is happening in Mariupol. We have come full circle from World War I. Russia and Ukraine have fought themselves into a stalemate.
Whoever Putin’s generals are, they must be pretty stupid. They keep putting themselves in harm’s way and getting killed.