To go into any bookshop, if you can still find one, is to be amazed at the space devoted to militaria: endless shelves of books not just about the two world wars and Vietnam, but all wars in all times. This vicarious fascination with war echoes another phenomenon of our time: the rise of overt public respect for soldiers.
Grand strategic blindness
Against unreflecting participation in war
Exit Wounds: One Australian’s War on Terror
by John Cantwell with Greg Bearup
Melbourne University Press, $34.99 pb, 383 pp, 9780522861785
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