Finding Nobility in the Middle of Wartime

Do a search for quotes about war, and you'll find a thousand statements about combat's horror, brutality, and dehumanizing, with many quotes coming from former warriors. For example, there's this poignant bit from Dwight D. Eisenhower: "I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity." And yet, even as war can reveal the worst examples of man's barbaric nature, so to can it also reveal his honorable side.The history of … [Read more...]

Not Fit for Dinner: Drone Warfare and the “Playstation” Killing Mentality

Each Friday in Not Fit for Dinner, C. Ryan Knight explores political issues and the preconceptions guiding our understanding of and responses to them.This week has been the best of weeks and the worst of weeks for America and its drone warfare. It counts among its successes the killing of two suspected Al-Qaeda operatives, one of whom was a high-profile operative. However, the American military also accepted responsibility for a botched attack resulting in the death of six civilians.Salon’s G … [Read more...]