War is a complex beast, and war is now our constant state. It may be that Leon Trotsky said it best (there is doubt about that), “You may not be interested in war, but war is most certainly interested in you.” We have been involved in multiple wars for more than a decade and a half now, which is a part of the problem. War has become our new normal, and as such, it is now just a part of the background. Did you hear about the roughly 200 civilians who may have perished in U.S. airstrikes in Mosul last week?
Much of what makes the news are actions involving just a few units. Understanding those units therefore makes sense. That being said, there is only enough space here to hit the wave-tops.