War is Hell

Stephen Green reminds us that all wars, even the much beloved WWII, involve “setbacks, shame, and blood.”

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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

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  1. Eric says:

    The difference between WWI and Gulf War II is that after WWII the sane people of the world decided some shit was just too horrible to allow even in war so they came up with the Geneva Convetion.

    In Gulf War II the absurd people of this administration decided that adhering to the Geneva Convention was a lot of work and so they threw it out the window.

WAR IS HELL

WAR IS HELL: Reuters reports: Red Cross Voices Concern About Situation in Basra. The situation? Apparently, there’s a war on and it’s hard for Red Cross workers to travel safely.

Update: Via e-mail, reader “Rocky” observes: “I’m not sure the sacrasm (“apparently, there’s a war on”) is merited here — we want the Iraqi people on our side. If they’re suffering, it doesn’t help us a bit, regardless of whether this is normal in the course of war. We should be rooting for the red cross, and the arrival of US Aid.” I agree wholeheartedly. But it is probably unreasonable to expect it to be able to happen while the battle still rages in that part of Iraq. Once it’s secured, I’m sure our forces will be stationed there to help the Red Cross operate safely.

FILED UNDER: Iraq War
James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.