Nasty Little Wars

Ask the Chechen fighters--the future of war is nasty, brutish and anything but short.

Issue: Winter 2000-2001

NATO's victory in Kosovo represents not a new paradigm but simply a
new turn in an old historical pattern that we would do well to study.
On the one hand, over the past five centuries Western technological
superiority has repeatedly brought military victories and ensured
Western domination of the globe. On the other, in every age there
have been numerous occasions when Western powers suffered local
defeats, sometimes so severe as to drive them from a region
altogether or bring down regimes in Europe. The reasons for these
defeats were generally to be found in a combination of local culture,
geography, and Western arrogance and ignorance.

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