WWI was described as the war to end all wars: “a reaction to the horrors of the conflict with many believing that with the full cost of modern war so evident no nation would fight one again.”
WWII, at least in Europe, would in some ways be “the war to end all wars” … and its horrors made the idea of a “World War III” something to be avoided at all costs …
“… a last sarcastic idea is that a nuclear war would be the real “war to end all wars”, because it could destroy mankind such that no more wars will be possible.”
More than 150 wars have been fought since the end of the “war to end all wars”! wiki
Obviously, all the great leaders and outstanding thinkers who sold these ideas got it wrong. Do you have knowledge of any high level politician who even tries to present anything else? Despite all the amazing inventions of the century, all our human resources, imagination and technology; the only thing the humanity came up with, was creating new names: “Cold War”,” War on Terror”, War on this or War of that, and avoid looking deep enough into the real issues, or even simply be honest about it.
Peace is peoples’ preference, war happens against all the common folk wisdom. It is a decision often by a small number of elites, for them; and for profit. The average person will still buy the idea, enlist and be hopeful that this is the one which “ends all wars”.
Some of the strongest antiwar literature comes from the military itself, such as Major General Smedley D. Butler.
I came across the VoteVets.org, founded by a group of Iraq War veterans. Whoever likes reading, there is plenty of interesting material in their website’s Newsroom. They seem to raise questions about principles for a change: War is not the Answer.