We must come up with a better model for Society than the “civilized and democratic” one.
Not only it’s obsolete. It has never been true.
Violence is not only physical, but also leaving behind great part of world population, to die from starvation, bear with unemployment, suffer diseases. This scenario means for most of us, the need to develop a cynical and impermeable carcass, to let us continue with our lives as if we don’t notice the state of neglect we are actually and unavoidably witnessing.
We must provide ourselves emotional shelter from the notion that there are casualties growing in number each passing minute, that we don’t know how to stop it, that we don’t know how can that be happening, that we don’t know who’s responsible for it.
Wars evolved from the simplest scheme of one army on one side of the battlefield and the other on the opposite side, to the complexity of the trenches warfare, and resulting simplified again by Air-Ground attacks with sophisticated computer guided missiles.
But if wars were a tool for Peoples in History to regulate demographic growth in order to maintain an economic status, if they were something more profound than “good ones against evil ones”, if they had a wealth accumulation background, we must then admit that modern wars are not only those displayed in the media, showing an army occupying another territory, nor forces fighting terrorism.
Therefore, the level in which wars gained complexity in current times, is that of the essence of war itself, since it can no longer be only defined in terms of a soldiers, armed forces and battles.
Wars will now span a wider spectrum, and will stand for any conflict of interests solved by violent means. They will be fought by abstract forces, invisible, intangible ones in no territory, sea or sky. In fact, it has become almost impossible to achieve a minimum degree of certainty of who our allies and who our enemies are, since we don’t even know anymore who do “we” are.