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Stars Earn Stripes

War and Popular Culture

Does a society require war heroes?  The soldier in the photo to the left, hand on joystick, facing computer screens, is the contemporary version of America’s war hero.  He mans a drone, those remote controlled aircraft that kill, in our age of “smart” gadgets, with precision that promises to make damage less, what…collateral, perhaps.  Those with the misfortune to die from drone strikes do not see their killers; this is death by phantom menace.  The soldiers who kill sit in places such as Syracuse, New York, in air conditioned rooms, on soft chairs, and can drive home for dinner after Read more