The role of the intellectual cannot be to excuse the violence of one side and condemn that of the other.
Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
Heroism by order, senseless violence, and all the pestilent nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism — how I hate them! War seems to me a mean, contemptible thing: I would rather be hacked in pieces than take part in such an abominable business.
A belligerent state permits itself every such misdeed, every such act of violence, as would disgrace the individual.