Back in 1977, I wrote an editorial proclaiming that the real obscenity of our time isn’t pornography; it’s war. That hasn’t changed. In some ways warfare has become more brutally impersonal and indecent than ever.
Consider our country’s expanding policy of covert operations with military drones. Scores of civilians abroad are being killed and maimed in long-distance, unmanned strikes without the American people’s knowledge or approval. As for the targeted “combatants,” no proof of their guilt is made public. It may be the most invisible war ever waged.