Friday, April 8, 2011
The clinical nature of modern warfare - World - CBC News Getting political on you for a moment, but this commentary contains some instructive numbers comparing ancient and modern warfare, taking the Battle of Cannae as a starting point. Can we even imagine war on that human scale any more? 48,000 dead (on one side) in a day. He even brings in some similar figures from World War I and compares those to modern, automated, drone-based, long-distance "clinical" warfare. Note reference to Robert O'Connell's book, "The Ghosts of Cannae."