War Really Is Going Out of Style
The idea that war is obsolescent may seem preposterously utopian. Arenâ€™t we facing an endless war on terror, a clash of civilizations, the menace of nuclear rogue states? Isnâ€™t war in our genes, something that will always be with us? The theory that war is becoming passÃ© gained traction in the late 1980s, when scholars noticed some curious nonevents. World War III, a nuclear Armageddon, was once considered inevitable, but didnâ€™t happen. Nor had any wars between great powers occurred since the Korean War. European nations, which for centuries had fought each other at the drop of a hat, had not done so for four decades. In fact, the US invasion of Iraq was the most recent example of an all-out war between two national armies. And it could very well be the last one.