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Even though Osama bin Laden is now sleeping with the fishes, we are still very much at war, as we remind you every day in our photo series. What can be gleaned by looking at the making and sustaining of war from a historical perspective? How do politicians amp up support for wars? Why do people continue fighting in unpopular conflicts even after nationalist fervor has waned? Amy Goodman at Democracy Now asked these questions today in an interview with Mother Jones co-founder and historian Adam Hochschild about his new book, “To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion 1914-1918.” He also shared his thoughts on the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and one of the world’s bloodiest conflicts, World War I.

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