VIRTUAL WAR: Kosovo and Beyond


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, victories are won. In virtual war, however, there is often no formal declaration of hostilities, the combatants are strike pilots and computer programmers, the nation enlists as a TV audience, and instead of defeat and victory there is only an uncertain endgame.

Kosovo was such a virtual war, a war in which U.S. and NATO forces did the fighting but only Kosovars and Serbs did the dying. Ignatieff examines the conflict through the eyes of key players–politicians, diplomats, and generals–and through the experience of the victims, the refugees and civilians who suffered. As unrest continues in the Balkans, East Timor, and other places around the world, Ignatieff raises the troubling possibility that virtual wars, so much easier to fight, could become the way superpowers impose their will in the century ahead.

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Bookseller Inventory #: 12809
Format/binding: Soft Card Cover.
Book condition: Used – Very Good in Plastic
Quantity available: 1
Edition: First Edition.
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Chatto & Windus,
Place: London.
Date published: 2000
Keywords: Kosovo, Macedonia, General Wesley Clark, Louise Arbour, War Crimes, Croatia, Serbs, Ethnic Cleansing, Albanians,
Bookseller catalogs: War;
Size: 238x18p00mm
Location A u 6