War is the continuation of politics by other means

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war is the continuation of politics by other means

Quote by Carl von Clausewitz: “War is merely the continuation of politics by o...”

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Review: War by Other Means by Robert Blackwill and Jennifer Harris

Politics as Continuation of War by Other Means?

Alternative, predominantly diplomatic instruments of politics gradually relegated war to the footnotes of history — or, at the very least, it appeared to many that this was what was happening. It seems that this situation is beginning to change now. War, with its own internal logic, special mentality, principles and priorities, is beginning to penetrate the fabric of global politics with ever greater intensity. This victory of war over politics and diplomacy cannot but cause concern about the direction in which the modern world is going. On the surface, we can see that the role of the military in formulating and implementing foreign policy is growing throughout the world. Look at the key figures in the Trump administration: never before have there been so many senior military officers in the White House.

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Short version of the article. Full version of the article. War, with its own internal logic, special mentality, principles and priorities, is beginning to penetrate the fabric of global politics with ever greater intensity. Foreign policy is historically the art of discerning 50 shades of grey in a black-and-white image. War, for its part, does not tolerate shades. It is a zero-sum game. There is no nature, no beauty.

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  1. Alternative, predominantly diplomatic instruments of politics gradually relegated war to the footnotes of history — or, at the very least, it appeared to many that this was what was happening.

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