Accidents Don't Just Happen: The Liberal Politics of High-Technology `Humanitarian' War

  title={Accidents Don't Just Happen: The Liberal Politics of High-Technology `Humanitarian' War},
  author={Patricia Owens},
  journal={Millennium - Journal of International Studies},
  pages={595 - 616}
  • P. Owens
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology
  • Millennium - Journal of International Studies
From the bombing of Serb residential neighbourhoods to the destruction of Afghan refugee convoys, a series of dramatic events in recent military campaigns have come to be labelled `accidents'. From the vantage point of a wider cultural and political history of technology, this article suggests that civilian deaths are being constructed as permissible, not impermissible, when normalised as `accidents'. For while the number of `accidents' involving civilian death may increasingly be known and the… Expand
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