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By Robert Harris, Jeremy Paxman

ISBN-10: 0099441594

ISBN-13: 9780099441595

A better kind of Killing was once first released to nice acclaim in 1982. The authors have written a brand new advent and a brand new Epilogue to take account of the occasions that experience occurred because the early Eighties - together with the break-up of the previous Soviet Union and the black industry that seemed in chemical and organic guns, the purchase of those guns by way of a variety of 3rd international states, the makes an attempt of assorted international locations like Iraq to accumulate arsenals of those guns and, such a lot lately, using those guns in terrorist assaults. because the authors indicate, the 2 generations because the moment international conflict lived with the specter of nuclear annihilation. Now a brand new new release needs to discover ways to reside with guns which are extra insidious and in all probability extra devastating.

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Compelling... the authors clarify why governments have shrouded such weapon programmes in much more secrecy than their nuclear paintings. (Financial occasions 20020530)

An soaking up and unsettling background, an exhaustive exploration of a little-known yet in all likelihood apocalyptic element of conflict, the whole lot sporting the punch of Armageddon. It reminds us that the realm may well finish no longer with a nuclear bang yet in whimpers of fevered ache. (Chicago Sun-Times 20020530)

The top account of gasoline and germ conflict to be had for the lay reader (Washington submit 20020530)

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55 Democratic leaders, by contrast, are willing to settle on moderately losing terms because although they will lose office, they will not lose their lives. Dictators, too, will settle for small losses because they can repress any domestic unrest that results. 56 Finally, the democracy argument erroneously assumes that public opinion acts as a brake on leaders’ ability to conduct foreign policy but that leaders lack the ability to shape citizens’ views. S. 59 Moreover, opposition parties hardly ever dissent from governments’ choices to threaten or use force.

Groups like this may then be singled out for especially harsh treatment, deportation, or even total annihilation. This may also occur when a state at war perceives a particular domestic population as sympathetic to the enemy and thus constituting a potential fifth column. 103 These special motivations for identifying the “hostile” population granted, however, the basic logic of territorial annexation still holds, and no special murderous ideology is needed to generate civilian victimization in these conflicts.

Problems with Regime-Type Arguments Several problems confront either version of the regime-type argument. First, it is unclear if democracies actually externalize their domestic norms. Liberal democracies, for example, are supposed to go to war for “liberal” [22] Defining and Explaining Civilian Victimization reasons only—that is, in self-defense or to prevent human rights abuses. 52 Second, publics in liberal democracies—just as they do not always oppose war—do not uniformly disapprove of civilian victimization.

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