Bringing it up to date
For Howard, objecting to war went alongside standing up for individual liberty. During World War I, the National Council for Civil Liberties was set up to defend freedoms that the government was curtailing during wartime. The organisation still exists, now called Liberty (www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk). Amongst other things, it challenges attempts to use war or the threat of terrorism as grounds to curtail civil liberties.
In this week's extract from Howard's later conversations about the war, he links both principle and personality in describing the formation of his views.