When I consider war, the first word to occur to me is always waste, the destruction with wanton disregard of that which is beautiful and good. It has always been so. Historians say that despite the treasure trove aboard his ships when Agamemnon sailed home from ten years of laying siege, the years following the Trojan War were bleak not only for the Trojans, whose homeland was destroyed, but also for the Greeks, who found their wives and children strangers, their treasuries depleted, and their cities fallen into disrepair.
"Introduction: To Write Is to Bear Witness-- Wanda Fries,"
Journal of Military Experience: Vol. 2
, Article 4.
Available at: http://encompass.eku.edu/jme/vol2/iss1/4