Fighting Terror: Ethical Dilemmas

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Overview

"Fighting Terror analyses the ethical dilemmas that confront everyone in the war on terror. Arguing that this is as much a war of ideas as it is a military struggle, Alex Bellamy argues that fighting morally is essential in distancing the terrorized from the terrorists." The book starts by setting out the case for thinking ethically about the war on terror and demonstrates the immorality of terrorism. Covering everything from torture to bombing, assassination to post-war reconstruction, Bellamy uses a series of case studies to examine how morally terror is being fought across the world. Though there is a good case for combating terrorism, the way this is being done is ethically deeply troubling. Fighting Terror makes a powerful and controversial argument for bringing ethics and morality back into the way we think about terrorism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842779682
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex J. Bellamy is Professor of International Relations at The University of Queensland. His research focuses on the normative aspects of the use of military force, in particular the ethics and laws of war, peace operations and humanitarian intervention. His most recent books include A Responsibility to Protect?: The Global Effort Against Mass Killing, Just Wars: From Cicero to Iraq, and (with Paul D. Williams and Stuart Griffin) Understanding Peacekeeping.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Ethics and war: an oxymoron? 5

2 What's wrong with terrorism? 28

3 A just war on terror? 50

4 Is pre-emption legitimate? 72

5 May we torture ticking-bomb terrorists? 99

6 What comes next? 128

Notes 153

Index 170

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