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The baby bombers

Baby boomer politicians like smart wars. But perhaps opponents of air strikes in Bosnia are being vindicated

By Carl Bildt   May 1999

Having spent easter in northern Italy with the sound of Nato bombers screaming overhead, I travelled back to Sweden through Germany. There, a number of retired generals were speaking out. Gerd Schmueckle, who was wounded six times on the Russian front during the second world war, but then served in the highest positions inside Nato, warned of a new fascination with war. Perhaps, he said, it is a question of generations. When the war veterans are losing their hair and teeth, and disappearing into homes for the elderly, the new generation suddenly has a different attitude towards war.

For Schmueckle,…

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