How would you interpret the last sentence?
I think it means ‘but both of the sides don’t stop fighting, so there is a war’.
What do you think?
Thanks. It’s from A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (Chapter 9).
"War is not won by victory. What if we take San Gabriele? What if we take the Carso and Monfalcone and Trieste? Where are we then? Did you see all the far mountains to-day? Do you think we could take all them too? Only if the Austrians stop fighting. One side must stop fighting. Why don't we stop fighting? If they come down into Italy they will get tired and go away. They have their own country. But no, instead there is a war."