Collateral Damage: Americans, Noncombatant Immunity, and by Sahr Conway-Lanz

By Sahr Conway-Lanz

"Collateral damage" is an army time period for the inadvertent casualties and destruction inflicted on civilians during army operations. In Collateral harm: americans, Noncombatant Immunity, and Atrocity after global conflict II, Sahr Conway-Lanz chronicles the background of America's try and reconcile the perfect of sparing civilians with the truth that glossy conflict leads to the killing of blameless humans. Drawing on policymakers' reaction to the problems raised via the atrocities of worldwide struggle II and using the atomic bomb, in addition to the continued debate via the yank public and the media because the Korean conflict built, Conway-Lanz presents a complete exam of contemporary American discourse regarding civilian casualties and offers a desirable examine the improvement of what's now generally known as collateral harm

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The military editor for the New York Times Hanson W. Baldwin began to doubt whether a strategy to destroy Soviet cities and civilians in a future war could be reconciled with American national objectives. 14 With this undercurrent of criticism, some of the supporters of strategic air power sought to revive the notion of precision bombing and to distance air power from the methods of area bombing and the indiscriminate destruction of cities. While many of the air power boosters in the late 1940s chose to emphasize the destructive potential of the atomic bomb and ceased to mention any need for continued precision or discrimination in strategic bombing, two books appeared in 1948 and 1949 that argued for the importance of strategic bombing again took up the theme of precision air strikes that had been so prominent during the war.

Spaight, who had served as principal assistant secretary in the British Air Ministry during World War II and wrote prolifically in support of air power, believed that air power could disarm an enemy by destroying its war potential. This could be done through precision attacks against the enemy’s transportation network and oil supplies. Spaight argued that general attacks against cities and civilian populations, which critics of air power called inhumane and wasteful,15 would be unnecessary. In his extended analysis of the effectiveness of strategic air power, Stefan T.

The admiral offered several ways in which strategic bombing did not further American national objectives and the issue of noncombatant immunity featured heavily in them. ” Ofstie also asserted that strategic bombing, as then practiced, “unavoidably includes random mass slaughter of men, women, and children in the enemy country,” even though he claimed that the “intent of wholesale extermination of enemy civilians” did not enter into the official definition of strategic air warfare. The admiral viewed World War II as illustrative of this fact.

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