Aug 1 1999

Lessons of War

Leading papers call for more attacks on civilian targets next time

In the debate over whether the war in Yugoslavia was a success, the papers of record criticized NATO tactics, but NATO’s basic claim-that the Kosovo War was just, and improved the region’s chances for peace, stability and democracy-went almost unchallenged. The criticism in the New York Times and Washington Post took place against the backdrop consensus that NATO’s intervention “will establish that an air war for limited humanitarian goals can be effective, albeit costly” (New York Times, 6/4/99). A Washington Post editorial (6/4/99) praised “NATO’s resolute pounding of Serbian forces,” which allowed the West to show that “it would not […]