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Week in Review – Understanding the Tools of War & Peace

An anti-personnel landmine costs between $3 and $30 a piece.

It comes in various forms. The PFM-1 (Soviet) and the BLU-43 (US) both stand out for their distinctive aerodynamic shape and toy-like design. This together with their mode of delivery (air drop) earned them the name "butterfly mine". Children around the world, from Afghanistan to Vietnam, know them.

What may surprise at first is that in a logic of war the primary purpose of landmines is n o t to kill. In that logic, even better than killing the enemy is maiming him and/or his children. Why is that?

And why is it important to understand this logic of war?

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