chapter  1
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The Wars of Nations

Warfare is bloodshed. Ours, theirs and above all that of civilians. The last war of territorial aggression was in the Gulf. There, not even the brilliantly executed Desert Storm was able to prevent Coalition casualties. A high proportion of those casualties were Tornado pilots operating the ‘smart weapons’, the laser-guided bombs meant to protect them and their machines. Short as that war was, no one has yet put an authoritative figure on Iraqi casualties, let alone the civilians who lost their lives. By the time of the Balkan conflicts, and especially Kosovo, technology and stand-off bombs had further protected the air crews. Yet, though ‘collateral’ casualties were relatively few, the cost in human lives and suffering was still insupportable.