Merry Christmas wrote:
It's not? Aside from the World Wars has any military conflict not been self-interested, nationalist or just being pretty much pointless?
Not even close. There have been multiple wars in the past century that served the purpose of self-protection, independence, supporting allies, deposing dictators, and Human rights.
The idea that wars are pointless is nothing more than a charming cliché.
He didn't say "wars are pointless," he said that they were mostly self-interested or nationalist in motivation, which is pretty hard to dispute, especially if you define "self-interest" pretty broadly to include things like a profit motivation or for resources.
"self-protection, independence, and supporting allies" all count as either nationalist or self-interested motivations, so it sounds like you mostly agree with him.