N. Luttwak: “Give War a Chance” Analysis Essay
On the contrary, military organizations like NATO or such as the West African Peacekeeping Force (ECOMOG) do have the means to protect civilians efficiently from the damages of conflicts. But even that often fails since these organizations tend to avoid any risk of casualties among their troops, thus avoiding combat and limiting their effectiveness. In Bosnia, U.S troops could potentially arrest known war criminals that crossed their checkpoints, but didn’t, since it would have provoked confrontation.
On the NATO’s intervention against Serbia for the sake of Kosovo, the author puts in perspective the success publicly acclaimed of this operation. Certainly, there’s been a very successful air-cleansing operation, relying on the precautions took by NATO during its strike against the Serbs (few strikes during the first weeks, the targeting of air-defense systems first, minimizing the risk of future casualties, the avoiding of anti-aircraft weapons by bombing from very high altitudes and the restriction to operate only under a clean weather). However, on the ground, there was the possibility for NATO to destroy armored vehicles that Serb soldiers used to use to terrorize local Albanian