The evil of militarism is not that it shows certain men to be fierce and haughty and excessively warlike. The evil of militarism is that is shows most men to be tame and timid and excessively peaceable. The professional soldier gains more and more power as the general courage of a community declines . . . Their never was a time when nations were more militarist. There never was a time when men were less brave.
– G.K. Chesteron, Heretics