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What we talk about when we talk about war

Noah Richler’s What We Talk About When We Talk About War is an important and provocative book that contains ideas that require serious debate at the highest political levels of the country.

When the conservative government of the day decided to send the army to Afghanistan, it effectively transformed Canada into a warrior nation.

Up that time, Canadian armed forces were known as “peacekeepers” (an illogical term in itself when there is no “peace” to keep”.

This book is an eloquent, well-researched, philosophical piece of work that questions the idea of modern warfare and its associated brutalities.

Modern warfare is based more on communication, chemical technology, and engineering marvels , but still cannot eradicate conventional, even basic and primitive warfare and its practitioners, as .

American armed forces in Vietnam discovered that at great expense and losses of human life.

The then head of the armed forces was a proponent of warfare, and promoted force more than any of his predecessors.

This book is a page-turner for those who believe that peace leads to advancement of civilisation and prosperity, but they forget conveniently that in this case the enemy maintained deep-seated  hatred towards progress.

Taliban and other similar groups of people still live as if they were living in the Middle Ages, and have no inclination of changing beliefs. What We Talk About When We Talk About War is well-researched, invaluable, erudite book that should in the library of every enlightened household, as well as in every public library including that of the library of the federal government in Ottawa for the good of the population.

It deserves high praise for providing how language can be misused by governments, and its supporters at great financial loss in addition to loss of life.

Highly recommended.



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