Sebastian Junger Weighs In On America’s Civilian-Military Divide

In response to James Fallows’ Atlantic article “The Tragedy In The American Military,” acclaimed journalist Sebastian Junger wrote a follow-up...

Sebastian Junger Weighs In On America’s Civilian-Military Divide

In response to James Fallows’ Atlantic article “The Tragedy In The American Military,” acclaimed journalist Sebastian Junger wrote a follow-up piece challenging Fallows’ assertion that Americans would have cared more about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan if they had “more skin in the game.”

“Facile truths and unexamined premises shouldn't be used to condemn wars any more than they should be used to justify them,” wrote Junger. “War is too serious a business to be filtered through politics or even personal belief. Like science or justice, it should be implacably neutral. Anything less fails to honor the many lives, both civilian and military, that were lost in these conflicts.”

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