The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America's Wars

The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America's Wars

John Tirman


americans are drastically involved in the variety of our troops killed in battle--33,000 within the Korean struggle; 58,000 in Vietnam; 4,500 in Iraq--and rightly so. yet why are we so detached, usually oblivious, to the a ways better variety of casualties suffered via these we struggle and people we struggle for?

This is the compelling, principally unasked query John Tirman solutions in The Deaths of Others. among six and 7 million humans died in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq by myself, the vast majority of them civilians. And but american citizens commit little cognizance to those deaths. different international locations, despite the fact that, do beware, and Tirman argues that if we wish to comprehend why there's quite a bit anti-Americanism all over the world, the 1st position to seem is how we behavior warfare. We understandably try to guard our personal troops, yet our ideas of engagement with the enemy are one other subject. From atomic guns and carpet bombing in international struggle II to napalm and daisy cutters in Vietnam and past, our guns have killed huge numbers of civilians and enemy squaddies. americans, despite the fact that, are in general blind to those tools, believing that American wars are primarily simply, useful, and "good."

Trenchant and passionate, The Deaths of Others forces readers to contemplate the tragic results of yankee army motion not only for americans, yet in particular for these we struggle against.

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