Looking At Historical Intervention At A Good Time

lahiOh, oh, oh it’s a lovely war, begins the old verse. Ever since the Kosovo intervention started, commentators have noted that this is a liberal war. Its methods, for instance, are those pioneered by Presidents Kennedy and Johnson in Vietnam-“graduated escalation” and all that. It also has a liberal aim-to protect the Kosovar Albanians from “ethnic cleansing“-that is quite untainted by any selfish U.S. or Western interest. And, finally and conclusively, its methods have completely undermined its aims, since graduated escalation has allowed Serbian forces ample time to empty Kosovo of ethnic Albanians. Q.E.D.

NATO’s intervention certainly did not have to follow this course. Since Milosevic had already …

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