"What would I myself be prepared to sacrifice in order to stop the massacres and to strike an immense blow against the politics of racial and ethnic nationalism?" he asks.
There are countless painful questions which this present disaster poses but this is not one of them. The key issue is, is it right in the present circumstances to kill and destroy? Soldiers don't get a say, so we must have ours.
I'm sorry that Mr Aaronovitch finds that attitudinising about war stinks. It is, after all, what he does.