Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The Art of War

Only 15% of WWII vets fired a shot?

1 comment:

Joseph said...

This article does a great job of summarizing all of the main points of its author's book, "On Killing."

I read the book for an ethics (the ethics of war and peace) class at Butler University. It does a good job of objectively presenting a lot of psychological and historical evidence and letting the reader come to his own ethical conclusions.

I recommend the book to anyone who is interested in thinking about the ethics involved in war. Personally, I found the book to both condemn some common pro-war and anti-war stereotypes. The evidence seems to suggest that killing is fundamentally wrong to the human conscience, but also that war veterans need to be cared for psychologically (hopefully by their families and communities in addition to the government who changed them psychologically in the first place).