With our fears focused on nuclear destruction, we tend to be less mindful of just what conventional war between modern industrial powers is like.
by b_b 363 days ago · link
If you have an hour this holiday, please read this. You won't regret it. Here are a couple of representative quotes:
- One could say of the real war what Barbara Foley has written of the Holocaust -- not that it is "unknowable" but that "its full dimensions are inaccessible to the ideological frameworks that we have inherited from the liberal era."
- The Japanese "defense" encapsulated the ideas and forms and techniques of "waste" and "madness." The Japanese knew they could neither repel the Marines nor be reinforced. Knowing this, they simply killed, without hope and without meaning.