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Just War: Principles and Cases / Edition 1
     

Just War: Principles and Cases / Edition 1

by Richard J. Regan
 

ISBN-10: 0813208564

ISBN-13: 9780813208565

Pub. Date: 09/28/1996

Publisher: Catholic University of America Press

Confronts a host of difficult questions about thecontroversial decision to go to war: Is war ever morallyjustified? Who has the authority to wage war? What is acceptablewar conduct? Regan considers the basic principles of just-wartheory and then applies them to eight historical and ongoingwars, including the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and the BosnianWar. "The author

Overview

Confronts a host of difficult questions about thecontroversial decision to go to war: Is war ever morallyjustified? Who has the authority to wage war? What is acceptablewar conduct? Regan considers the basic principles of just-wartheory and then applies them to eight historical and ongoingwars, including the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and the BosnianWar. "The author brings just war doctrine to life in hisrealistic treatment of the moral dilemmas of war".

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813208565
Publisher:
Catholic University of America Press
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
247
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.67(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Part 1 Principles

1 Justifying War 3

Why War Needs to Be Morally Justified 3

The Pacifist Position 4

The Marxist Critique of War 7

God's Will as the Moral Norm of Just War 8

Right Reason as the Moral Norm of Just War 10

Just-War Theory 14

2 The Just War Decision: Legitimate Authority 20

The U.S. Constitution 23

The U.N. Charter 24

Article 42 and U.S. Constitutional Processes 28

The United Nations, Human Rights, and Military Action 34

The War Powers Resolution 39

Conclusion 42

3 The Just War Decision: Traditional Just-Cause Considerations 48

Defense of National Territory and International Space 48

Preemptive Strikes and Preventive War 51

Rescue of Nationals 52

Terrorism 54

Rectifying Economic Injury 57

Vindicating Territorial Claims 59

Proportionality 64

Last Resort 65

Cessation of Just Cause 67

4 The Just War Decision: Just Cause and Interventionist Wars 69

Intervention in Other Nations' Internal Affairs and Civil Wars 69

Secession and Intervention in Secessionist Wars 74

5 The Just War Decision: Right Intention 85

6 Just War Conduct 88

The Principle of Discrimination 88

The Principle of Proportionality 96

Effect of Unjust War Conduct on Just Cause 99

Observance of International Conventions 100

Execution of Terrorist Leaders in Foreign Countries 101

7 Nuclear Weapons and Just War Conduct 102

The Bipolar Cold War Context 103

The New Nuclear Superpower Context 109

The China Context 110

The Context of Other Nations' Nuclear Capability and the Problem of Proliferation 114

Nuclear Proliferation and Terrorism 120

Part 2 Cases and Questions

World War I (1914-18) 125

The Vietnam Wars (1946-75) 139

The Falklands War (1982) 154

Revolution and Civil War in Nicaragua (1978-90) 163

The Civil War in El Salvador (1979-92) 169

The Gulf War (1991) 177

The Intervention in Somalia (1992-94) 184

The Bosnian War (1992-95) 198

The Invasion and Reconstruction of Iraq (2003-12) 219

Afghanistan (1998-2014?) 225

Libya (2011) 231

New Regimes, Islamist Militants, and Western Security 236

Appendix 1 The United Nations Charter 243

Appendix 2 War Powers Resolution 263

Selected Bibliography 269

Index 275

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