Is war getting dangerously sanitary?

A new book argues that "humane" wars have a big downside.

“Death, destruction, disease, horror—that’s what war is all about, Anan. That’s what makes it a thing to be avoided. You’ve made it neat and painless—so neat and painless, you’ve had no reason to stop it.”                      

That’s Captain Kirk talking in an episode of Star Trek broadcast in 1967. Last week I taped a conversation with Samuel Moyn, a p…

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