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However often fought by men, war itself has been personified as feminine longer than writing, in Mesopotamia as well as among the various Indo-European warbands. The Proto-Germanic root of war and guerra seems to have been feminine and of course guerra itself is feminine in modern Italian. For what it's worth, I know we aren't trying to make Mussolini sound ...


That war is grammatically feminine in Italian probably helps, but the chief element here is that he is personifying war as a femme fatale, beautiful and alluring while very dangerous. This allows him to explain shortly how something so ghastly can also fascinate.

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