The Influence of British Arms: An Analysis of British Military Intervention Since 1956

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The Influence of British Arms: An Analysis of British Military Intervention Since 1956

By James H. Wyllie
Allen & Unwin, 1984
125 pp. $19.95
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A short book with much wisdom about the problems of intervening with military force in unstable Third World regions. The British author examines his nation's interventions, from the Suez to the Falklands, and is impressed by the limits of power. When major interests of the West are at stake, he thinks that the United States should shoulder the burden. If Britain is involved, "the action should have sound moral foundations; the legal basis for the intervention must be clear; military capabilities need to be adequate for the task at hand . . . and the political purpose of the use of military force must be unambiguous." Not bad advice for Washington, either.