Book Review

Book Review: Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan – the repeated futility of war laid bare

Groundbreaking and extensive research conducted by two prominent scholars delves into the reasons behind the prevalence of ineffective policies

The aftermath of an Israeli strike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 17. Picture: Getty

“What’s the definition of insanity?” Roy Keane often asks during his football punditry, using a quote that’s been attributed to Benjamin Franklin, Mark Twain and Albert Einstein. “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If so, according to this disturbing and provocative book by two illustrious academics, then most of the world’s leading policymakers must be objectively mad.

Ruben Andersson and David Keen’s logic is straightforward. For several decades now, ...