Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Give Peace a Chance SIR: Former army officer Justin Kelly (April 2009) gives the game away in his opening sentence when he approvingly quotes the nineteenth-century Prussian militarist Carl von Clausewitz. A product of the Napoleonic era of massive, set-piece, somewhat mindless battles of attrition, Clausewitz remains a revered figure in Western military academies, where any criticism of his 200-year-old strategic thinking borders on heresy. Kelly joins the ranks of the true believers when he argues that, contrary to all the objective evidence of the last fifty years, a Clausewitzean approach will enable the United States and its allies, including…

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