Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Every War Must End by Fred Charles Ikle

Every War Must End by Fred Charles discusses the issue of war termination. Basically the author has written a book that shows various examples of the concept of war termination put forward by Clausewitz. The examples range from World War I to the Soviet war in Afghanistan. There is some reference to the First Persian Gulf War in a new introduction and some talk about al-Qaeda. He doesn't believe that negotiation is possible with them.

This book apparently influenced Colin Powell's decision to suggest terminating the First Persian Gulf War prior to invading Iraq proper. The book contains an extensive notes section and a bibliography on war termination. A short highly readable account. This is a third revision published in 2005. The three earlier introductions were included.


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