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Recursion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 02:34 PM
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36. Well, war isn't about parity
If a nation's goal in war is to kill as many of the enemy as the enemy kills of them, you'll have a war that never ends.

There is a philosophy of warfare that says that war should be as brutal as possible so that it ends as soon as possible; even if more people die in the short term, fewer die in the long term. I don't go as far as some people do with that, but I think there is some basic sense to that idea. The thing is, you need to hit the *right* targets. Just haphazardly bombing civilians doesn't break their will; you have to target and destroy the infrastructure that makes it possible for the enemy to fight. You also kill fewer people that way, since by and large people don't live in power plants, bridges, or railyards.
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