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Give War a Chance
Edward N. Luttwak
Vol. 78, No. 4 (Jul. - Aug., 1999), pp. 36-44
Published by: Council on Foreign Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20049362
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Since the establishment of the United Nations, great powers have rarely let small wars burn themselves out. Bosnia and Kosovo are the latest examples of this meddling. Conflicts are interrupted by a steady stream of cease-fires and armistices that only postpone war-induced exhaustion and let belligerents rearm and regroup. Even worse are U.N. refugee-relief operations and NGOs, which keep resentful populations festering in camps and sometimes supply both sides in armed conflicts. This well-intentioned interference only intensifies and prolongs struggles in the long run. The unpleasant truth is that war does have one useful function: it brings peace. Let it.
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