Why We War

Photograph of Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, 02/23/1945, National Archives

Photograph of Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, 02/23/1945, National Archives

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September 09, 2017

Armed conflicts. Insurgencies. Civil Wars. Invasions. Syria. Iraq. Afghanistan. Nigeria. Ukraine. South Sudan. Gaza. Yemen. The world is at war. Why?

 

A war plane flies.
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The title of political scientist Benjamin Ginsberg's book says it all, “The Worth of War.” In it, he argues that war has greatly benefited civilization.

Joao Silva/The New York Times/Redux. From War is Beautiful by David Shields, published by powerHouse Books.
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David Shields says the New York Times is complicit in romanticizing war through imagery.

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Revenge is a major theme in Elliot Ackerman’s debut novel “Green on Blue.” The novel is told from the point-of-view of an Afghan boy named Aziz who’s seeking to avenge his brother Ali.

Mark Art, Not War
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Is war inevitable? Leymah Gbowee loudly and strongly says no. And she’s got proof.

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Steve Paulson sat down with Bishop King, founder of the Church of St. John Coltrane, and with Ashley Kahn, author of “A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album” to dig a little deeper.

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May 16, 2018