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Strategy of Deception

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Written with his characteristic flair, Virillo’s latest book is a trenchant denunciation of the Kosovo war in which he successfully unites theory with a riveting study of the conflict. Tearing aside the veil of hypocrisy in which the USA and its allies wrapped the war, Virillo demonstrates that the nature of the bombing was set by strategic rather than ethical consideratio ...more
Paperback, Verso Radical Thinkers, 82 pages
Published January 17th 2007 by Verso (first published 1999)
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Virilio is probably *right* about a lot of things (since this is an older book about the deployment of the unilateral deployment of "humanitarian war" against the body that is supposed to define that deployment (the UN) via a singular power (NATO, but basically the U$A). He just sort of misses the fact that while precision bombing things is the preferred method of war for global superpowers the need to actually deploy troops for "humanitarian purposes" is really where like *new problems in warfa ...more
Dec 18, 2013 rated it liked it
To be honest this feels more like a rant than a book, but hey, why not?

Reading more easily than Virilio's usual mind bending philosophy, SOD offers a different take on Kosovo, Iraq and american power with a mix of opinion and insight if lacking V's usual imagination.

Over before you know it, the most interesting stuff here is expanding on the themes opened up in Baurdillard's 'The gulf war did not take place', of military and virtual reality intertwining.

Not a great primer on V's thought or the
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great expose and deep think on the run-up, faulty reasoning, and implications of the Balkans bombing and war in the late 1990's. That war clearly set the stage for a weakening of power for both the UN and NATO and allowed the US to set a course forward. The path that was carved would eventually lead to the UN approval of US attacking Iraq again early the next decade. As per usual, Virilio's analysis is interesting and thought-provoking and something anyone interested in the modern rush to war ...more
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Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hodně divny jazyk (může za to imho překlad), ale pořád aktuální analýza vedení války jinými prostředky (informační/technologické). Jen místo Ameriky je to Rusko a Amerika a místo Kosova Sýrie.
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Paul Virilio is a cultural theorist and urbanist. He is best known for his writings about technology as it has developed in relation to speed and power, with diverse references to architecture, the arts, the city and the military.
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