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  •  That still doesn't work for me. (1+ / 0-)
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    Several months ago, I read the book "The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined," a book of some 800 pages with about 130 pages of charts and graphs detailing the world history of violence. Loads of data; changed my viewpoint.

    I don't have the book at hand now for direct reference, but can say that the data on numbers killed in wars centuries ago dwarfs deaths in recent wars. Not that WWII and Viet Nam deaths were insignificant, but they were eclipsed by wars of old when whole populations were nearly decimated.

    People then did not have much warning of cavalries bearing down with swords, maces, and fire to wipe out village after village. Those were the "unseen flying robots" of death to millions. Targeted drone strikes are not comparable.

    When someone makes a credible case that terrorists organizations will pack it up and become peaceable if only the USA withdraws, then I'll stop defending targeted drone strikes.  

    The sh*t those people [republicans] say just makes me weep for humanity! - Woody Harrelson

    by SoCalSal on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 08:59:48 PM PDT

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