Democracies and Small Wars (Besa Studies in International by Efraim Inbar

By Efraim Inbar

By means of their nature, democracies truly have larger constraints than autocratic regimes on their freedom of motion as they need to meet constitutional, criminal and ethical standards of their use of strength. This assortment analyses a few case reviews exhibiting how democracies have gained small wars.

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1999), p. 36. 57. /Feb. 1996), pp. 16–32; Richard Falk, ‘Hard Choices and Tragic Dilemmas’, The Nation (Dec. 1993), p. 757. 58. David Fisher, The Ethics of Intervention’, Survival, No. 36 (Spring 1994), pp. 51–9. A similar stand had been presented by Walzer in the early 1980s. Michael Walzer, The Moral Standing of States’, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Spring 1980), pp. 109–29. 59. ’, Foreign Affairs, Vol. 73, No. 4 (July/ Aug. 1994), pp. 23–8; Toward Post-Heroic Warfare’. 60. ‘In planning Operation Desert Storm, minimizing allied and civilian casualties was the highest priority’, asserted a publication on the lessons of the Gulf War, issued by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Armed Services.

On the contrary, that possibility seems to be if anything further exacerbated by the protracted nature of LICs, which is here identified as the second of their salient characteristics. In part, the friction might reflect sheer frustration at the military’s inability to quash the insurgency and thus bring the entire business to a satisfactory and swift close. This feeling can infect both sides. Governments that have over time invested vast amounts of national treasure in building and maintaining armed forces understandably begin to lose trust in the generals who seem incapable of giving an appropriate return on public investment by defeating opponents who dispose of far less sophisticated weaponry.

310–24. 33. Laqueur, The New Terrorism, p. 263. 34. Metz, Armed Conflict in the 21st Century, p. html. 35. Reports to this effect were published a few years before September 11 by The New York Times. Friedman, The Lexus and the Olive Tree (New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1999), p. 325. 36. Metz, Armed Conflict in the 21st Century, p. html. WESTERN DEMOCRACIES IN LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT 17 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. Wray, ‘Electronic Civil Disobedience’.

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