Civilized Warfare Is Uncivilized

Clausen, Perry
January 2005
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Jan2005, Vol. 131 Issue 1, p28
Conference Proceeding
This article reports that waging so-called civilized warfare does not serve the nation's interest. The United States plays by the rules of international law, but its enemies do not. The goal is not to look civilized. It is to be civilized by deterring wars; failing that, conclude them quickly. But four characteristics of civilized warfare guarantee continued conflict: proportionality, an artificial distinction between combatants and civilians, reluctance to punish collectively, and the undue rush to end conflicts.


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