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: Ah, the French certainly deserve to be punished for starting this war. Detering
: Everybody says it's somebody else. Tjaden
: Well. how do they start a war? Albert Kropp
: Well, one country offends another. Tjaden
: How could one country offend another? Tjaden
: You mean there's a mountain over in Germany gets mad at a field over in France?
] Albert Kropp
: Well, stupid, one people offends another. Tjaden
: Oh, well, if that's it, I shouldn't be here at all. I don't feel offended. Katczinsky
: It don't apply to tramps like you. Tjaden
: Good. Then I could be goin' home right away. Paul Bäumer
: Ah, you just try it. Katczinsky
: Yeah. You wanna get shot? Tjaden
: The kaiser and me...
[the others laugh
: Me and the kaiser felt just alike about this war. We didn't either of us want any war, so I'm going home. He's there already. Hair-peak soldier
: Somebody must have wanted it. Maybe it was the English. No, I don't want to shoot any Englishman. I never saw one 'til I came up here. And I suppose most of them never saw a German 'til *they* came up here. No, I'm sure *they* weren't asked about it. Paul Bäumer
: No. Detering
: Well, it must be doing somebody some good. Detering
: Not me and the kaiser. Hair-peak soldier
: I think maybe the kaiser wanted a war. Tjaden
: You leave us out of this! Katczinsky
: I don't see that. The kaiser's *got* everything he needs. Hair-peak soldier
: Well, he never had a war before. Every full-grown emperor needs one war to make him famous. Why, that's history. Paul Bäumer
: Yeah, generals, too. They need war.