The True History of War

In the non-celebratory vein of yesterday’s post, I note the excellent “Home Fires” series from the NY Times continues with these wise words from a returning veteran of the Iraq war:

The history of warfare should be written from hospital wards and psychiatric offices, from kitchen tables and bar stools at the local pub. Let the doctors and surgeons give their accounts of what happened. Let the widows speak. Let the children tell us the story of their lives. War’s history can be told by blood banks and prosthetics factories. For far too many, the suicide rate isn’t a rate or a chart or a statistic at all — it is the long trajectory of a war that has tracked them down through the years, finally, to claim them one by one, their deaths taking place in the periphery of history’s view.

The full piece is here. 

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