Morally, socially and even physically there is no difference. Just sayin. He incited people to make films going that way, the press to work on that line of a quick involvement in that war in Europe. Anyone remember the German Youth Movement? But the film reduced to this story line is in fact rather simple and would at best be a horror short story, and in fact was used several times here and there in horror literature.
Notice how cleverly Proust gives young Marcel a great excuse to sing the praises of his truest love objects, very young men.
Bibliographical info is in the appendices. The audience is there to enjoy the blood and the suffering and the loser going out on a stretcher if possible. Then it uses language as some kind of mesmerizing fascinating hypnotizing whip to make you get in line with the game.
Lindsey Graham in SC.