Weighed against its historical cost, war has a poor record of achieving its goals

Levy, James
November 2006
Military History;Nov2006, Vol. 23 Issue 8, p19
The article offers perspectives regarding the use war as an instrument of state policy. It states that the decision of most European states to renounce privateering in 1859, the founding of the Red Cross in 1863 and The Hague and Geneva Conventions around 20th century indicate that war itself was a problem. It cites that the continuous failure to bring Iraqi oil production back to even pre-invasion levels show how even a short war followed by a guerrilla insurgency can affect economic activity.


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