Fourth Generation Warfare

Two Cheers for Nuclear Weapons?

Nukes have made inter-state war cost prohibitive which opens the door for the fourth-generation forces.

By William S. Lind

Traditional Right

Several weeks ago, the world got a glimpse of what future war will look like among Great Powers. The weapons were rocks and clubs.

Indian and Chinese troops battled each other over worthless ground along their undefined border high in the Himalayas. It was a classic case of two bald men fighting over a comb. But at least 20 Indian soldiers died, along with an unknown number of Chinese.

What is interesting about this skirmish is the weapons employed. Both India and China have sizable arsenals of modern weapons. They employed none of them. Instead, they fought with rocks and clubs.

I find the deafening silence over this choice of weapons, including from the U.S. military, to be interesting. It certainly should draw the attention of anyone who studies where war may be going. Why did such a bizarre scenario unfold? Because both countries have nuclear weapons.


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  1. Except, Keith, you know that I figured out how to get rid of ALL nuclear weapons 25 years ago, in 1995.

    My Assassination Politics essay, at:

    Give each person the ability to donate money to buy the death of anyone owning or controlling a nuclear bomb, and nobody will be able to survive with such a bomb. If everyone in America donated $10, that would about to $3.4 billion. If each death costs $100,000, that would purchase the deaths of 34,000 people.
    How many such deaths would have to happen before the owners of the nukes said, “Okay! We give up! Dismantling party in one week! Everyone is invited! Please call off the dogs…er…dollars!”

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