neo-Clausewitziansmodern strategic theorists (e.g. Raymond ARON and Herman Kahn), whose thinking on warfare, including nuclear warfare, has been influenced by the 19th-century military theorist, Karl von CLAUSEWITZ. According to Rapoport (1968), the arguments of neo-Clausewitzians proceed along three lines:
- against the idea that war can be outlawed;
- the identification of anticommunism and US ideology, especially during the COLD WAR period, with the defence of Western Civilization and the interests of humanity;
- an insistence that the extent and intensity of war can be controlled, but only by DETERRENCE.
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