All Quiet on the Western Front

Explain the conversation the men are having in regards to war (203-207). What reasons do they give for war? What is their viewpoint on Nationalism and Political Power?

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The men exercise simple logic in their debate about the war: what is this war for, and who benefits from it? World War I was one of the murkier large-scale wars, instigated by land disputes and a number of complicated treaties. Accordingly, it is much harder, even in hindsight, to discern which side was "in the right"; unlike World War II, with its relatively clear moral divisions, the Great War defied obvious comprehension and analysis. In the face of this confusing battle, the soldiers use common sense; there is no primary reason for the war, and no one particularly benefits.