Antiseptic war is always a figment of the imagination

How quickly we forget.

German bombs reduced much of London to rubble early in World War II but did not defeat the Brits. American B52s left craters all over Vietnam but it was Americans who ultimately fled from hotel roofs. And even though the United States defeated Iraq in Gulf War I, those pinpoint Patriot missile explosions trotted out for the media at daily press briefings proved to be a whole lot less precise than initially advertised.

Now, once again, America is buying the myth of surgically precise warfare. Bloodless warfare, at least for our boys. Warfare fought exclusively from the skies. Only it never works. It’s a myth gullible Americans buy into again and again and again.

“Allied strikes pummelLibya’s air force but do little to stop attacks on civilians,” reads a headline tonight on WashingtonPost.com.  What a surprise.

Now the clamor will arise to send in “peacekeeping troops.” Already the talk shows are asking, “Did Obama do too little too late?”  Why is the question never, “What the hell are we doing fighting yet another war?”

Why?

 

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About jerrylanson

I teach, write, coach and sing, though you're not required to listen to the latter. I'm a journalism professor at Emerson College in Boston. My third book, "Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves," was published in November by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing. You can read a sample chapter at www.jerrylanson.com. My passions are politics (generally liberal in outlook), music, mountains, golden retrievers and my grandchildren, though not in that order. Please stop by and mix it up with me. I always answer those who post.
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