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Next time, send in the Gurkhas

The west's reluctance to sacrifice soldiers means it must rely on mercenaries if it wants to intervene effectively.

By Anatol Lieven   July 1999

Nato seems to have won in Kosovo, but no one could call it a very glorious victory-and to be fair, not even the tabloids have tried very hard to do so. Since the war began, headlines about “glory” and “heroes” have remained in their usual place on the sports pages.

But as John Keegan has written, the apparent victory of Nato air power does mark a critically important moment in military history. Some 15,000 Serbian soldiers have been killed and wounded without a single Nato casualty to date-a result which recalls 19th century colonial victories like Ulundi or Omduran, where,…

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