… how are we to distinguish between images that are rendered with the worst intention—“the preservation of power,” assuming we are agreed that that is not a legitimate aim—and those that are supposedly being used to expose this intention for the hypocrisy it is?
War, horrible as it is, provides many opportunities for the best that humanity has to offer — courage, compassion, sacrifice. It is these that are epic. The beauty is in spite of, not because of, the horror. This is what "has been going on for hundreds of years." There is nothing ambiguous about it. It is part of the terrible paradox of being. No movement is ever going to rid the world of war. Only a change of the human heart can bring that about.