By Michael Ignatieff
For a decade, Michael Ignatieff has supplied eyewitness money owed and penetrating analyses from the world's conflict zones. In digital War, he deals an research of the clash in Kosovo and what it capability for the way forward for struggle. He describes the most recent part in smooth strive against: conflict fought through handheld remote control. In "real" struggle, countries are mobilized, infantrymen struggle and die, victories are received. In digital battle, even though, there's usually no formal assertion of hostilities, the fighters are strike pilots and laptop programmers, the kingdom enlists as a television viewers, and rather than defeat and victory there's simply an doubtful endgame.
Kosovo was once this sort of digital warfare, a conflict within which U.S. and NATO forces did the scuffling with yet simply Kosovars and Serbs did the demise. Ignatieff examines the clash throughout the eyes of key players--politicians, diplomats, and generals--and in the course of the adventure of the sufferers, the refugees and civilians who suffered. As unrest maintains within the Balkans, East Timor, and different areas all over the world, Ignatieff increases the troubling threat that digital wars, a lot more uncomplicated to struggle, may possibly turn into the way in which superpowers impose their will within the century ahead.
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