Essay & Op-Ed Archive: War

What We Learned from World War One

One hundred years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, World War I ended. Life would never be the same for the more than …

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Female US Soldier

Women should have to register for the draft

**This article is assigned for debate by the U.S. Army and at West Point. Should United States women be required to register for Selective Service when they turn 18, as …

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How a century-old war affects you

World War I began a hundred years ago this summer, but for many of us it might as well be a thousand. We know it, if we know it at …

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German occupation of Norway in the Second World War.

The war to enslave humanity?

World War II’s end happened over time. Germany unconditionally surrendered to the Allies on May 7, 1945 (it was announced the next day, May 8, on what would be known …

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War and Cinema: It’s Complicated

We are living through another dramatic moment in the complex relationship of war and cinema. This time, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper is the movie at issue. It has been nominated …

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First flag set atop Mt. Suribachi.

Why 70-Year Old Iwo Jima Photo became Iconic

Seventy years ago, on February 23, two American flags were planted on the peak of Mount Suribachi, located on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. Coming five days into one …

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American Sniper, the perfect hero for our time

Every age has the heroes it deserves, as the saying goes. To judge from the success of the movie “American Sniper,” the hero of the current moment would be the …

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The Captive: A Measure of Our Humanity

What is it like to live in captivity? How does one survive, physically and psychologically, the experience of the deprivation of freedom? Which captives are remembered, and which forgotten? Events …

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After war’s trauma, words don’t work

We celebrate Veterans Day this week, but we have been riding a crest of war remembrance for months now. World War I’s centenary alone has brought forth new books — …

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