7.4 Problems from Relying on Military Force to Maintain Peace
Problems from relying on military force to maintain peace include adverse side-effects and inability to produce stable solutions.
it is hard to win a war among the people, as many weapons aren’t suitable
the threat of mutually assured destruction is rarely convincing
the use of military force generates headlines that increase resistance
military force is being used because the UN cannot work as intended
a victory on the battlefield is insufficient without a political solution
defence manufacturing is profitable, but armed forces and wars are costly
on balance, military force creates more problems than it solves
The next chapter examines the patterns of power that led to the decision to invade Iraq, and offers a retrospective view on its impact.