9th Conference European Sociological Association

RS14 Chronic Regional Conflicts

2009-09-03 13:30:00 2009-09-03 15:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 13:30 - 15:00 Historical, Conceptual, Strategic and Scientific Dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Building AA, AA.228

Military Rationality in Aerial Bombardment from Kosovo to Gaza - Underpinning Global Securitisation

This paper examines the military rationality of targeting strategies through a comparison of recent aerial bombing campaigns, including the Israeli assault on Gaza in January 2009, informed by analysis of military manuals. It advances the argument that despite the appearance of senseless destruction, such campaigns are not ad hoc, nor are they tailored to the attainment of objectives in particular circumstances. Rather, they follow a generic pattern, as programmatic applications of military practices that are not peculiar to a particular national force, illustrating a military totality - a distinctive military world-view that is technical not ideological, but that is increasingly shaping strategic thinking as political reasoning yields precedence to security considerations and military intelligence in the emergence of securitisation as a domestic and global political strategy.