I sympathise entirely with your point and agree with you in principle, although I doubt that even more slaying of innocent lives through the evil of war would help the deteriorating situation of our world any more. Violence begets violence.
Nevertheless, you remind me of something Churchill once said. While he supported sterilization of certain people in 1910 when he was young and impressionable, like many among the elite of his time, Winston Churchill later changed his mind entirely and became very cognisant not only of the promises but of the danger posed by modern science, especially Nazi “perverted science”.
To this end, I was reminded for the purposes of this discussion of Churchill’s great “Finest Hour” speech of 1940, when he attempted to rally the British people to continue the war against Nazi Germany. He wanted to let them know that as a nation they had a civilization and a culture to protect that a German victory would forever destroy. He emphasised the Nazi misuse of science for inhumane ends as one of the reasons why Britain had to fight and win at all costs:
"…I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilisation. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. **Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be freed and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands.
But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new dark age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science**. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour…"
- Winston Churchill, “Finest Hour” speech, delivered to the British Parliament on the 18th June 1940
One of his biographers noted:
“…To Churchill, the advances in science were a mixed blessing…As Churchill put it, “On the one hand, science opens up a chasm of self-destruction. On the other hand, she displays a vision of plenty and comfort”. It was Churchill’s appreciation of the potential benefit and misuse of modern science that led him to make one of his starkest warnings about the spectre of a Nazi triumph, in his “Finest Hour” speech of 1940…He had worried about “the sombre path of destructive science” as early as 1925, long before Hitler and his perverted scientists arrived on the scene…Churchill returned to this theme again and again. In the 1946 Iron Curtain speech he said, “The Dark Ages may return - the Stone Age may return on the gleaming wings of science”…”
- James C. Humes, Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman
Another intriguing titbit about that speech (which happens to be my favourite ever speech by any war leader ever) is this:
…even at a moment of great apparent danger to British national survival talks not only of national survival and national interest, but of noble causes (freedom, ‘Christian civilisation’, the rights of small nations) for which Britain was fighting and for which Churchill thought the United States should – and given time would – fight…
The speech was delivered to the Commons at 3:49 pm, and lasted 36 minutes. Churchill – as was his habit – made revisions to his 23-page typescript right up to and during the speech. The final passage of his typescript was laid out in blank verse format, which Churchill scholars consider reflective of the influence of Old Testament psalms on his oratory style