Imperialism and the Logic of War Making
By Joseph T. Salerno
This article appeared in the Winter 2008 issue of The Independent Review

War, like any other human endeavor, is the product of individual purposes and choices and not, as it is usually portrayed, the inevitable outcome of complex historical forces or accidental events beyond the combatants’ understanding or control. A proper analysis of war not only must take into account the war makers’ goals, the means at their disposal, the benefits they anticipate from the war, and the costs they expect to incur, but also must distinguish between the war’s individual beneficiaries and its victims.

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