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 wars individual beneficiaries and its victims.
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