“there are those who did not want / it to come to an end” as in the war. McCarthur and (I think Patton too) wanted to roll on to Moscow after the war.
He’s so concerned with money and economics.
“Nothing left here but women” because all the men have been killed in the war. Humanity split in two.
“one might do worse than open a pub on Lake Garda” hope for the future? Plans? But who will visit it?