Garin Cycholl reviews Some Words On Those Wars by John Matthias.
We kill at a distance, complicit both in the act and its reach. Take the distance of Homer’s warriors versus medieval archers, artillery gunners, bombardiers, or contemporary drone pilots with their killsticks. That distance from conflict continues to extend itself with time. The traumas inflicted are cut with time and distance, the filtered, nightly digest of atrocities or unreported violence. The wound inflicted outside of time and human geographies.