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War blogging

So, after a good deal of pushback and a good deal of thoughtful commentary on my war posts, I think I’ll have to take a step back from my plunder/defense/folly theory of war. I do think that many conflicts can be viewed, at least after the fact, in this fashion. Certainly I still see the…

Kain’s wars.

I’ve been watching this debate about different kinds of wars (Erik, Erik, Will, Erik, Erik, Will) get muddier and muddier, and I want to try to clear things up if I can, but without getting into any complicated issues of Crusades historiography. Erik’s original claim was that “[t]here are only two kinds of wars: Defensive…

One last thought on War

Look, I don’t think all wars or even all the players involved in brewing up our wars are necessarily working with some nefarious plot in mind. But I think that war inevitably ends up being about plunder or defense – whether or not those who concocted it in the first place ever intended its outcome…

Wars of Folly

[updated] So the pushback against my war posts is interesting and has me thinking. I suppose that if you peel back the ‘defense’ and ‘plunder’ binary you can see some other variations of war. Let’s see, there’s revolutionary war, civil war, wars of vengeance, wars of obligation, wars of expansion, holy wars, and wars of…

continuity and the culture of death

1 a: the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body b: a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings c: an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction ~the definition of Life, from the Merriam Webster dictionary…

when wars ended

I was watching The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with my wife this weekend (it always takes us two to three nights to watch a movie, sometimes longer) and I was struck by the celebration toward the beginning of the film.  The streets were filled with happy citizens celebrating the end of World War I. …

Yesterday

I was cold turkey on blogging all weekend for a much needed respite from the internet, and some good quality time with my family – we tried to light a fire when we went day camping yesterday, but it was raining and everything was wet, and the plume of smoke I conjured was not enough…