The Nuclear War: The Clausewitz Concept Of The Extreme War

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Military power restriction with the innovation of nuclear weapon the Clausewitz concept of “absolute war” is finally achievable. This will generate fear and will restraint powerful states from using maximum power to prevail. Thus the victory as a proper outcome to be expected of the use of American arms was intractable for the duration of the cold war, for in very good part, for the reason of the sensible fear of the escalation to nuclear holocaust. So, the only kind of conflict that the United States dared to wage in the nuclear era was limited war. After all, in a nuclear age, would it not be dangerous in the extreme, even perilously irresponsible, to attempt to compel our enemy to do our will ? A nuclear state is a state that no one can …show more content…
In addition, underestimating his capability to invent new methods to cause harm to superpowers despite their mighty and power. After September 11, US have a visceral understanding of what terrorists can do with commercial aircraft, in a way that seemed remote and hypothetical before. Thus, US cannot afford to wait until it has a visceral understanding of what terrorists can do with weapons of mass destruction, before it acts to prevent it. In addition to this, the most harmful conventional weapon used now: suicide bombing and it psychological effect in the battlefield. Another example was during the Vietnam War where the US had hoped that the modern technology and weapons would be able to help them win. However, the Vietcong fought a gorilla war in the dense jungle and on “home soil”, set booby traps, did not wear uniforms, and often melted away into the jungle after attack. This was a nightmare for the US soldiers, who struggled to pinpoint the enemy, which eroded the advantage the US had in firepower. Likewise, the use of rockets in the war of 2006 against Israel, and the strategic effect of that weapon on the internal front and the Israeli society, which lead to the defeat of the powerful Israeli strategy in front of the clever integration of the rockets into Hezbollah strategy …show more content…
During the First World War, the collapse of the military confidence, the disintegration of tsarist legitimacy, deep economic dislocation, and the one-sided polarization of society against the state were paralleled to provoke the Bolshevik revolution in Russia in 1917, which will result in Russian withdrawal from the war and will affect later on the political outcomes of the war towards the Russian new rulers. Other example is the American public rejection to Vietnam War starting 1968, as the US casualties rose and the war rumbled on with the use of Napalm and the Agent Orange causing mass suffering and hurting many innocent. Such pictures caused anger in the US towards the Vietnam War, thus, the opposition to it grew as the Vietnamese suffered heavy losses and the American public became less committed to the war as time went on despite the heavy political losses that might result. For instance, the protest of May 1970 inside the Kent State university campus in Ohio, where the National Guard killed four students also, the November 1969 protests in Washington aftermath a group of US soldiers killed 300-400 civilians in My Lai, the location of a Vietcong headquarter on 16 March 1968. They were mostly women, children and elderly people. The magazine “life” published pictures of the massacre, horrifying the American public. Indeed, the

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