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Degrees of War


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I’m glad you used the comparison of casualties between the two respective wars to show just how absurd the title “Generation Kill” actually is.


You’re right. By the numbers there is no comparison. But that brings Joe Stalin to mind…one death is a tragedy, a million a statistic (or something like that). I would say the connectivity of our world brings war much closer…not ‘the glory’ but the failings of soldiers, leaders, equipment, values…etc.

Michael, I already told you to read this book- Eric you should look into it to. I dug it out – Achilles in Vietnam: Combat trauma and the undoing of character- by Jonathan Shay. I believe it will add alot to your discussions here. Plus, who doesn’t like Homer?


Jon- Will do. It sounds interesting and as soon as I get to Arizona I will pick it up. I told you to read The Accidental Guerilla but you haven’t said if you have.


@Jon – Interesting Stalin reference, but I guess where I would disagree with the quote is that a million deaths may be a statistic, but each person in that statistic knows other people, each death affects other people. Maybe the media enhances connectivity, but not by that much. That’s why the post-WWI generation suffered a collective societal depression—they had lost so much. We won’t go through the same thing.

Definitely will check out the book, gotta love the Homer reference.