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Virtual War: Kosovo and Beyond

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For a decade, Michael Ignatieff has provided eyewitness accounts and penetrating analyses from the world's battle zones. In Virtual War, he offers an analysis of the conflict in Kosovo and what it means for the future of warfare. He describes the latest phase in modern combat: war fought by remote control. In "real" war, nations are mobilized, soldiers fight and die, victo ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 2nd 2001 by Picador (first published May 1st 2000)
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Tim Pendry

This is another example of a review of book 'in hindsight'. This was written in 2000 by a leading Anglo-Canadian intellectual and later politician (Michael Ignatieff) in the heat of the political battle over liberal interventionism in Kosovo.

The 'hindsight' comes from what interventionism was to became in the hands of a superpower and its acolyte in Iraq and from alternative destabilisation strategies targeting Russia, Iran and other States unloved in Washington. Syria now gives us a fresh persp
Jun 15, 2016 Mia marked it as dnf
Shelves: borrowed, s
The little that I read seemed extremely biased. (Also, I had to return it to the library.)
Meredoc Mcminn
Apr 08, 2016 Meredoc Mcminn rated it it was amazing
Excellent book, really undervalued but seminal. Michael Ignatieff's thesis is essentially that if war is made easier, either by weapons or politics, then war will be more prevalent, and that type conflict will be more random, less controlled and result in more destruction and casualties among civilians. Unfortunately his theory is correct. With the end of the cold war international structures collapsed, including military control, while this is not solely Ignatieff's theory and has been fairly w ...more
Mar 20, 2008 Facebrooker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gente que desee saber sobre Kosovo
Recommended to Facebrooker by: Profesor Josep Fontana
Bueeeno... el libro es interesante en el sentido que explica el funcionamiento de las guerras postmodernas, las guerras que luchan por los valores pero que no arriesgan la vida de sus paladines. Está dividido en 7 grandes capítulos, los más interesantes en cuanto a riqueza de debate son "La guerra de las palabras" y "Amigos y enemigos", en el primero ofrece al lector una serie de intercambios epistolares (mail-eares) con Robert Skidelsky... los argumentos de Ignetieff son bastante pasionales mie ...more
Why read a 10 year old book written before, during and after the Kosovo bombing campaign? For Ignatieff's prophetic insights, e.g., "In virtual war, citizens are not only divested of their power to give consent. they are demobilized." He would not agree but as I read Ignatieff, nonviolent intervention is the best way to deal with major human rights problems in other countries.
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Michael Grant Ignatieff is a Canadian author, academic and former politician. He was the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition from 2008 until 2011. Known for his work as a historian, Ignatieff has held senior academic posts at the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Harvard University and the University of Toronto.
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