Want to know what contemporary war looks like? Viddy this video (7 minutes WMV, alternate). It features attack footage from an AC-130 raid in Afghanistan. The images are from the gunner's point of view. The voiceover is remarkable.
Watching the video you have no real sense that there are actual people dying down below. Just little bright blobs on a dark backbground. The soldiers are remarkable, too. So many people involved, so calm! War machine.
Listen to the voices at the end:
That one's still crawling there
I know those two guys I saw them flying apart I saw him die earlier