What about injuries then? What about those who return from the war zones, who are hideously burned, who have limbs missing, who are blind or are severely damaged psychologically. Do any of them have famous names? Can't think of any? Isn't that strange?
Since WW2, the ones who declare wars and the ones who profit from wars, curiously, seem to remain separated from the countless tragedies that war creates, tragedies that consume those who are sent to fight (sometimes called cannon fodder) and those unfortunates who are caught in the war zones themselves.
It was not always so. Once Kings bravely led their troops into battle. Now 'leaders' creep unannounced into somewhere safe in the war zone, stay a matter of a couple of hours, then leave as fast as their little legs (or rotor blades) can carry them for places thousands of miles away from the action!
Perhaps this grossly unfair, contemporary disconnect is why the likelihood of endless war will remain and 'heroes' like Bush, Blair and Howard, et al, cowards all, will remain safely at their desks and make rousing speeches while, in boardrooms, other cowards plan how to make billions of dollars from this war or that. In both cases, the carnage they create continues to involve others, and, of course, your kids and mine.
If politician's kids and the kids of war profiteers were forced to be involved in front line active duty right from a war's beginning, surely war would stop immediately!
Do you agree?