War and genocide expert Martin Shaw describes some of the features of the new western way of war: its genocidal potential:
It is indeed a feature of new wars that civilians become major (if not deliberately principal) targets of the various combatants, especially when ethnic and religious aspects are involved. Religious warlords tend to not consider civilians as off-limits: any “so-and-so” (insert any hated ethnic or religious identity here) becomes a legitimate target.
And on the other hand, war-by-unmanned-drone creates a lot of “collateral damage” by Western forces.
This double dehumanization of war is devastating for civilians as (disputed) tolls reveal.