Chris Hedgess July 2012 essay War Is Betrayal: Persistent Myths of Combat generated an enormous amount of commentary, both supportive and critical.
To keep the discussion going and to honor Veterans Day, we asked several writers, some of whom are veterans, to respond to Hedgess piece. Their replies are below.
The complexities of the war literature Hedges cites dont offer easy support for his argument.
Veterans often recite their military branchs honor code with as much pride as irony.
The overwhelming majority of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are neither heroes nor victims.
Whatever is said by the jingoistic fringe, the reasonable majority understand that war should never be pursued lightly.
Popular beliefs have conditioned men of all classes to accept the costs of combat.