From a list of quotes from Dr. Charlie in the May 26, 1939, edition of the P-B, when his death was reported...he'd been ill for weeks, so the paper had a lot of material ready to go:
"War is the supreme effort of man and must be considered so, much as we abhor it. Through all the ages it has often taken the destruction and desolation of war for new ideas to enter the enlivened brains of those who possess and those possessed. Wars have served their purpose, contributing to man's ultimate advance...
"The World War, frightful as it was , has elevated the backward countries and made them desire to know why and how success has been obtained in the great countries of the world."
There's a point in there somewhere, but at best his word choice was tone-deaf. The quotes are from his comments on the dedication of the Plummer Building carillon, which was dedicated "to the American soldier."