Armchair generals need to think of consequences of war

People walk towards the illuminated Eiffel Tower in the French national colors red, white and blue in honor of the victims of the attacks in Paris. Picture by Peter Dejong, AP 
THIS time last week started as just another Friday in Paris. People trotted off to work, or luxuriated in the start of a long weekend. Some were gearing up for a rock concert later that evening. Others were just doing their shopping. In the aftermath of events as devastating as the February 13 Paris attacks it can be tempting to see them as inevitable. To see everything leading up to that moment through the prism of that moment and to forget that for everyone, except the attackers, life had been its usual banal, delightful, frustrating, glorious self. That was the case for the vict[...]

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