Future War: To fight but not to die

Are wars becoming so precise that force can be delivered with almost surgical accuracy? Or are we likely to continue to witness unspeakable carnage in dirty urban conflicts and from rogue states? The two articles that follow explore the future of war and the moral and ethical basis on which it will be fought.

The World Today Published 1 February 2000 Updated 27 October 2020 4 minute READ

Michael Ignatieff

Journalist and broadcaster

The Kosovo campaign began a new chapter in the history of war. It was the first war to be real for one side only and remain virtual for the other. For Serb civilians and military forces killed in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) strikes and the thousands of Kosovar Albanians murdered by Serbian paramilitary units, the Kosovo conflict was as real and as horrific as war has always been.

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