War is a relic of previous ages. It is inexcusable the arms industry and war have a place in a modern world with such interdependence and the technology to improve the lot of people without war. I read of each conflict and seek to find an image that expresses the conflict not as heroism, which ended really with the automatic rifle, and instead wholesale industrialized horror that modern weapons inflict, and the insidious consequences of destroying nations infrastructures.
This is the only non objective and personal element you will find. I apologize if it distracts.
American Middle Class Reading
Central European Middle Class Reading
2003 Gulf War II:
After September 11, America becomes a nation willing to resort to techniques formerly viewed as repugnant; Enhanced interrogation, suspension of habeas corpus, sending prisoners to other countries which are more experienced in torture, as well as targeted killings and assassinations, including American Citizens without trial.
A state that sharply increases its powers to surveil and imprison its population, and the people are largely ok with it. A population that goes along with massively reducing taxes on the wealthy, creating a deficit, and then massively increasing military expenditures without funds creating permanent debilitating debt, and the population is largely silent.
Unlike the 1960s where a powerful protest movement existed. The modern age of surgical warfare guarantees little civilian interest in protesting based on serving under fire or in foreign lands.
Debt levels increase by 5 trillion dollars, 500 dollars a year interest for each man woman and child in perpetuity. A great deal of the money has been sent to dictators and financed wars where massive corruption by American and allied contractors took place.
Abu Ghraib Photo of detainee abuse, money that could have been spent bettering someone or something, instead resulted in this hideous consequence, the marriage of the correction industry and the military industrial complex, oil industry and other interests.