Its forces conducted similar attacks in Syria, bombing hospitals and other civilian structures as part of Russia’s intervention to prop up that country’s government.
Moscow went even further in Chechnya, a border region that had sought independence in the Soviet Union’s 1991 breakup. During two formative wars there, Russia’s artillery and air forces turned city blocks to rubble and its ground troops massacred civilians in what was widely seen as a deliberate campaign to terrorize the population into submission.
Now, Vladimir V. Putin, whose rise to Russia’s presidency paralleled and was in some ways cemented by the Chechen wars, appears to be deploying a similar playbook in Ukraine, albeit so far only by increments.
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As it turns out, according to the History News Network, LeMay apparently cribbed his famous phrase from a June 1967 column by humorist Art Buchwald, who used it to caricature the Goldwater Republican attitude toward Vietnam. Whoever coined the phrase, though, it is now the prevailing way we think about "war." In terms of military strategy (and military reality) here are no longer any "battlefields," physical locations where contending military forces have a "fight," to determine which side wins a point of contention. There is only the wholesale destruction of everything that makes modern life possible. War and the continuance of human civilization are completely contradictory, and the ultimate outcome, of course, will be the eventual use of atomic bombs, to bring back the Stone Age everywhere.