This is a brilliant and indispensable history of the present in which Michael Ignatieff reports on the extraordinary way the war in Kosovo was fought – the dawn of. For a decade, Michael Ignatieff has provided eyewitness accounts and penetrating analyses from the world’s battle zones. In Virtual War, he offers an analysi. In Kosovo, war enlisted western citizens only in virtual ways. If future wars don’t on the resort to force? by Michael Ignatieff / April 20, / Leave a comment.

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He describes the latest phase in modern combat: With the end of the cold war international structures collapsed, including military control, while this is not solely Ignatieff’s theory and has been fairly w Excellent book, really undervalued but seminal. Inprecision ordnance had risen to 35 per cent. Television crews duly reported the bombing of the Serbian television station, the Serbian socialist party headquarters, the train on the bridge, the refugee convoys in Kosovo.

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And soon, precision guidance technologies will be applied to small arms as well as large bombs. Instead, the regime tried to use western media to undermine support for the war at home. In the Kosovo war, likewise, the Milosevic regime stood little chance of actually shooting down Nato bombers and cruise missiles.

The sacrifices of war were somewhat easier to accept in societies used to high infant mortality and the unchecked scourges of illness and disease. For Ignatieff’s prophetic insights, e. We are perhaps living through the final stage of liberal failure with the type case of Syria. English Choose a language for shopping.


The distance between home and the battlefield has diminished, and this transforms journalists from observers into protagonists. If war becomes virtual-without risk-democratic electorates may be more willing to fight, especially if the cause is justified in the language of human rights and democracy itself.

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What were the risks of damage to civilians? He then went on to continue his education at the University of Toronto and Harvard and Cambridge universities. The arrival of the nuclear era further eroded the logic of mobilisation for national defence.

The deeply unpleasant Milosevic was only one of many unpleasant manipulative players in this theatre of atavism.


The more he enlarges on his views, the deeper the hole he digs for himself. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He resumed his work for the Liberal Party inas a national youth organizer and party delegate for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau party leadership campaign.

Virtual War by Michael Ignatieff

For a decade, Michael Ignatieff has provided eyewitness accounts and penetrating analyses from the world’s battle zones. The very nature of warfare has changed: For Ignatieff’s prophetic insights, e.

The US flew over 60 per cent of all sorties, over 80 per cent of the strike sorties, over 90 per cent of the advanced intelligence and reconnaissance missions, over 90 per cent of the electronic warfare missions, and fired over 80 per cent of the precision-guided weapons and over 95 per cent of the Cruise missiles. The great powers, especially the US, face a difficult choice: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


Virtual War: Kosovo and Beyond

Each nation reserved the right to refuse to send its air crews into operations which had not received explicit sanction from its national governments and its targeting lawyers. Buy the selected items together Ignatleff item: Milosevic reasoned that, at worst, he would have to endure a relatively brief set of air strikes directed at his air defences-on the model of the Balkan air operation in summer which paved the way for the Dayton agreement.

The Iraqi regime is not notably concerned for the lives of women and children-witness its gas attack on the Kurdish city of Halabja in but it understood that its best chance of stopping the bombardment of Baghdad lay in getting the cameras in.

Ostensibly a consideration on the moral and political implications of the West’s military intervention in Kosovo, the book is inatieff fact the best exploration of both the operational and moral dilemmas of humanitarian war that has yet been written. Because of this development and revolutionary change, the battlefield has become obsolete.

Kosovo was such a virtual war, a war in which U. But this is no longer the case.