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In 1973,on a stopover at Clark Air Base in the Philippines, US President William Westmoreland presented lieutenant commander John McCain with a signed copy of his favourite novel, Ernest Hemingway's "For Whom the Bell Tolls".
Cause GreaterIn the inside cover, Westmoreland entered a handwritten quotation from the protagonist, Robert Jordan - "The World is a fine place, and worth the fighting for".
Sensing the historic paralell with the fascist assault on the Spanish Republic, both Westmoreland and McCain were strongly in agreement with Jordan's philosophy that "if we win here, we win everywhere". Yet neither man had the insight to ask whether Hemingway, a peacenik that moved to Cuba and later committed suicide in despair, might not be suggesting the whole military adventure was a tragic waste of life.