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War as Absurdity

“I’d write a letter to the editor if only I could write if only he could read” says a llittle swamp critter in one of Walk Kelly’s many hilariously funny cartoon strips.

Had Zoe Oldenburgh not died prematurely (I don’t know how old she lived to be, but her death was, like those of many other worthy people, premature), she surely would have included the Iraq/Afghanistan war in the final chapters of her book, “The March of Folly,” which covered only the Trojan Wars, World War I and the Vietnam War.

Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaugterhouse-Five,” Evelyn Waughs’ “Scoop” and Joseph Heller’s “Catch 22” all belong to a genre which I call “War as Absurdity.” 

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