Why, in 1982, did Margaret Thatcher need to send an entire Task Force to liberate the Falklands when a naval embargo, enforced by submarines, would probably have sufficed – or at least bought valuable time? In 1945, did President Truman really need to use two atomic bombs against Japan- and could he not have given Japan advance warning about the terrifying “device” his scientists had developed? After 9/11, could not President George W. Bush have targeted only Osama bin Laden instead of toppling the entire Taliban regime in Afghanistan? These individuals were all, in their different ways, ‘Bloody Warmongers’ who waged ‘unnecessary’ wars, or used a grossly disproportionate, ‘unnecessary’, amount of force. This book mixes historical fact with ‘what if’ and ‘what could have been done differently’. It is designed to challenge assumptions; and to provoke discussion about when and in what circumstances force is ever really justified.
R T Howard is a journalist and author writing on international relations and is an associate editor of an international magazine on intelligence issues, Eye Spy
His previous books include The Oil Hunters: Exploration and Espionage in the Middle East 1880-1939 (2008) and Iran in Crisis? (2004).
His articles have appeared in The Guardian, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Independent on Sunday, Wall Street Journal, Spectator, New Statesman, International Herald Tribune, Jane's Intelligence Review and many other newspapers and journals.
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