Eric and I are celebrating On Violence's 100th post today and, as we did in our fiftieth post, we are highlighting our best posts from the last four months. But before we get to that...
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So without further ado, the Top Ten On V Posts (chosen unscientifically and arranged chronologically):
1. Defining Contemporary War- The terms to describe our current conflicts are legion. Michael C cuts through it all to say what terms he likes, what terms he dislikes, and the term he think shall rule them all, political war.
2. The Fog of War - The first, but not last, post on Tim O'Brien's The Thing They Carried about trying to sort out the truth of war.
3. Degrees of War - A different take on today's Global War on Terror--comparing today's wars to the war to end all wars.
4. 15 Bullets by Matty P - Our first guest post, a brutal description of a different type of war.
5. Battle For Algiers - One film, Pontecorvo's The Battle for Algiers, is so good we had to write four posts on it. Read about racial profiling, torture, sympathy for the devil, and counter-insurgency warfare.
6. (Photo) Graphic Truths - Our post on perhaps the most famous war photo of all time, and what it says about photography.
7. Violence in Context - Our most commented post of all time, the beginning of our analysis of Violence as a concept.
8. Powerpoint is not a Children's Storybook - The first of many posts on management, a skill the Army sorely lacks.
11. Finally, On Violence's thoughts on Afghanistan - Though we don't like to chase the news, we wanted to comment on the war in Afghanistan. We posted on why we don't make predictions, the problem with failed states, adding fuel to the mujhadeen fire, Karzai and Pakistan.