Question about War in General and Society today Hey guys...I really don't know how to phrase this question well, so, here goes nothing: (note): I'd love to keep politics out of this, but knowing that a thread about favorite singers often leads to arguments about abortion, I'm pretty sure that's a futile request If America would be called upon today to fight in a "World War III", would they do so? If so, how many casualties do you think we'd suffer? And would the president still have the support of the people? I ask this because, looking at the War in Iraq, we have liberated a country and have only lost 1000 men. I'm not saying that the cause was right, because there are no WMD's in Iraq, I'm just stating the facts. We helped liberate a Middle Eastern country and only sustained 1000 losses. Now, I constantly log onto yahoo.com, and notice that the biggest story is always something like "America loses 3 marines in Iraq". I flip on the news, and they are talking about how many losses we have sustained, etc., etc. Well, if 1000 losses is A LOT (as I have heard many news networks and friends/colleagues/teachers/family say), what would today's society think of World War I and II, where America suffered 364,000 and about 900,000 casualties, respectively (Note: casualties is deaths and injuries)? Hell, what would they think of D-Day, where we suffered 2,500 casualties in one day? What would they think of the Russians, who experienced 20,000,000 casualties in WWII? What I'm saying is that war is war, and people are expected to die. However, in todays world, it seems as though people would not be willing to accept that fact... I realize the war in Iraq is an exception, because a lot of people disagree with it, and because it's not really a "war", but I have a hard time imagining the US mobilizing millions of troops and suffering hundreds of thousands of casualties without chaos in the streets. Has technology come so far that we are only expected to lose 10 troops a day when at war? I mean, we just had WWII 60 years ago... Capsulated into one sentence, my question is this " Why are people making such a big deal over 1000 casualties when in past wars we've often suffered hundreds of thousands of casualties?"