Source: Green Left Weekly
One of the features of advances in military technology is that an increasing proportion of those killed in wars are civilians, not combatants.
During the 20th century, airstrikes became the preferred form of warfare by technologically well-resourced superpowers. This led to civilians becoming the majority of those killed in wars worldwide.
In the first decade of the new century, new developments in military technology have raised the possibility for powerful countries of increasingly dispensing with combatants entirely.