Friday, August 21, 2009

The war of all against all

Reading Bill Lind’s interesting take on a Marine’s war-fighting field manual, I had a notion that the history of warfare has had two great hinge points: the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 and the fall of the Twin Towers in 2001. In the gory old days, it was the war of all against all. There were few formal armies (and those mostly mercenary), little distinction between soldier and civilian, and war crimes an everyday affair. Then the European nations clubbed together and declared that war was the exclusive province of the nation-state. Thenceforth armies in pretty uniforms fought wars, and they got extremely upset when civilians sniped at them from behind hedges, as in Napoleonic Spain and King’s George’s American colonies. Similarly, they set up criminal tribunals to punish governments and armies that didn't fight in a prescribed manner, like those of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.

All that ended on 9/11. (For us, that is to say! An Israeli would date the change to the first Palestinian intifada; a Russian, to the first Chechen rebellion.) Once again it is war of all against all, civilians to the front, and savagery glorified. Blue skies! – Dan Ford


At 10:42 PM, Blogger david.kallio said...


THX for commemorating the heroic defence of their native homeland
by the Finnish AF (1941-1944) vs
Josef Stalin, and his Soviet Russian military forces.

Finns refused to be Communist, as much as they refused to be Nazi.

My Compliments.

Taivetti Jussi Kallio
Richmond VA

At 10:49 PM, Blogger david.kallio said...


Paraphrasing Churchill, who praised the sacrifices
of RAF pilots (1939-1940),
we could likewise praise the sacrifices of Finnish AF pilots

"Never Had So Few, Done So Much,
Preserving Freedoms For So Many."

My Compliments.

Taivetti Jussi Kallio
Richmond VA


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