Bombs away! Air power as panacea


Joe Guinan of openDemocracy discusses the repeated failures of bombing as a means of addressing conflict and argues that it’s time we invest in understanding the conditions for peace (“Bombs away! Air power as panacea,” openDemocracy, 2 October 2014):

So impoverished is the range of mainstream thinking on such matters that the choice is often presented as bombing or nothing. Never mind that, just a short while ago, we were being told that it was the other side in this conflict that we should be bombing. (‘Bomb both sides!’ comes the answering cry). ‘History teaches,’ wrote Gramsci, ‘but it has no pupils.’


We have not invested in understanding the conditions of peace. After a century of bombing, isn’t it about time that we did?

Read the full article here.

Photo credit: CC BY 2.0 image “Best of the U.S. Air Force – Department of Defense Image Collection – September 1998” courtesy of Expert Infantry on Flickr.

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2 Responses to “Bombs away! Air power as panacea”

  1. John VoglerOctober 3, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

    Someone has to stop these terrorists and thanks former president Bush there is no capable army left in Iraq to fight them. He disbanded their army instead of just changing the leadership and now they have no one capable of fighting a war there. Our planes will make little difference over there and what needs to be done is equip the Kurds and they will supply the boots on the ground that are needed.

  2. Bonnie JacksonOctober 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    I don ‘t want Harper to lead us into Iraq.

    Your email was confusing. The cover reads, “Do you approve of harper leading us into another war?”
    Busy people opening letter see big yes and big no…one has to read the email to realize that yes means
    i approve of the opposition’s motion to oppose the motion. This is way too important for these kinds of structural errors.