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By Patrick K. O'Donnell

From bestselling writer Patrick ok. O'Donnell, the untold tale of worldwide warfare II's first unit of targeted operations strive against swimmers—precursors of today's US army SEALs

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62 state with that of Slobodan Milošević. The leaders of the Bosnian Serb army and parliament, Ratko Mladić and Radovan Karadiz were also indicted. See: The International Criminal Tribunal For The Former Yugoslavia – The Prosecutor of the Tribunal against Slobodan Milošević et al. Case – No. IT-01-50-1. and ICTY – The Prosecutor of the Tribunal against Radovan Karadiz and Ratko Mladic. Case – No. IT – 95-5/18. 61 Mary Kaldor, New and Old Wars, 31. 62 Alternative explanations now locate ‘elite predation’ as a major causal motivation for war.

Html (accessed 23 October 2013). 14 It may generate dissonant views, but the fact that people continue to engage with the subject is in itself no bad thing. Being open to interpretation has positive as well as negative effects. Antulio Echevarria, for instance, has described it as an ‘unfinished symphony’, which he suggests should remain unfinished. As he puts it, ‘While the temptation to finish such works may be great, the results are rarely satisfying. 15 He may well be right. On War’s unfinished nature is partly responsible for it having retained such salience in a subject that, technologically and characteristically at least, has undergone such profound changes since the events which first inspired Clausewitz to write about it – the upheavals of the French Revolution and the ensuing Napoleonic wars.

Economic breakdown, the disintegration of states into ethnic or cultural localities vying for security at the expense of former neighbours, and the purposeful targeting of civilians for tactical advantage have all been highlighted to illustrate their point. As the experiences of warfare in the Balkans have helped shape the opinions of many ‘new war’ proponents, it is appropriate that the same conflict be used to re-evaluate the utility of the theory they chose to repudiate. As the following chapters illustrate, not only does the Trinity better illuminate the complexity of these wars, the interactive formula emphasized by the concept should provide the strategic platform for thinking about today’s conflicts.

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