The essence of war

From “War With A Human Face: Have rules to curb the cruelty of military force backfired?”, by Dexter Filkins, in the September 13, 2021 New Yorker:

Killing is what armies do, and, in the usual course of things, the more they kill the sooner their wars end…

…For Clausewitz, the Prussian military theorist, the whole point of fighting was not just to repel the enemy but to destroy it; theoretically, at least, war knows no limits.

I’m a naive and foolish woman.

But I understand what war is.

“…the more they kill the sooner their wars end.”


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