Saturday, May 7, 2011

Fyodor Mikhaylovich, Lev Nikolayevich, and Aleksandr Isayevich on War

"Dostoevsky was in favor of military intervention in the Balkans, Tolstoy opposed to it," informs James Warner — All the frogs croak before a storm: Dostoevsky versus Tolstoy on Humanitarian Interventions. "The arguments they put forward are surprisingly relevant to our own current wars." The author explains, "Fyodor Dostoevsky was passionately in favor of military intervention, for humanitarian and patriotic reasons – Leo Tolstoy, although not yet a fully-fledged pacifist, could not see the point of Russia getting involved."

Of this same war, the author also notes that "Solzhenitsyn singles out the 1877 war for special censure," quoting the " later great Russian novelist" as saying, "Such a ‘victorious’ war is worth no more than a lost one – cheaper yet, to not start it at all. Russian military and financial strength was undermined, the public’s spirit fell; and it was then that the revolutionary era with its terrorism began to gain momentum..."

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