chapter  7
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War without Death

The need to intervene in essentially civil wars has posed a dilemma which is at once moral, political and excruciatingly practical. Natural instinct and long tradition argue that force must be met with force. Yet force against whom? Civil conflict lacks the clarity of friend and foe. In the Balkans, Peter Scholl-Latour summed it up in the words: ‘There are no good guys and bad guys, only the strong and the weak. Lord have mercy on the weak.’2