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Is military intervention over Kosovo justified?

Robert Skidelsky and Michael Ignatieff debate whether military intervention over Kosovo is justified

3rd May 1999

Dear Michael,

I have been instinctively against Nato’s bombing of Serbia from the day it started on 24th March. I was-I dare say like you and many others-incredulous that Nato seemed to have no military strategy except to bomb Serbia to smithereens. I could not believe that bombing a defenceless country was the right way to wage “holy war.” But above all I was alarmed by the thought that a new doctrine of international relations was being forged which would make the world a much more dangerous place.

This is what I want to discuss. Given that…

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