The original article, posted on the New York Times on December 17th, 2011, titled “War Really Is Going Out Of Style” was reposted on this blog, and can be read here.
To the Editor:
For those who worry about future wars, the news seems to be good. Joshua S. Goldstein and Steven Pinker (“War Really Is Going Out of Style,” Sunday Review, Dec. 18) have produced valid and welcome evidence. Some cautionary points need to be made:
War has a way of morphing into different forms spurred by the development of new weaponry or by the unforeseen crises that humanity faces. The search for new weapons continues unabated — for example, unmanned aircraft today or forms of cyber- and biological warfare tomorrow.
Diminishing resources and loss of habitation because of rising seas and temperatures from climate change, for example, suggest new conflicts in the future. Our own military budget and the belligerent rhetoric of our political candidates show that preparation for war doesn’t slow down even as its possibilities are lessened.
By Sayre Sheldon
December 20, 2011