A Matter of Principle: Humanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq / Edition 1

A Matter of Principle: Humanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq / Edition 1

by Thomas Cushman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520245555

ISBN-13: 9780520245556

Pub. Date: 07/11/2005

Publisher: University of California Press

Current debate over the motives, ideological justifications, and outcomes of the war with Iraq have been strident and polarizing. A Matter of Principle is the first volume gathering critical voices from around the world to offer an alternative perspective on the prevailing pro-war and anti-war positions. The contribu-tors—political figures, public

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Current debate over the motives, ideological justifications, and outcomes of the war with Iraq have been strident and polarizing. A Matter of Principle is the first volume gathering critical voices from around the world to offer an alternative perspective on the prevailing pro-war and anti-war positions. The contribu-tors—political figures, public intellectuals, scholars, church leaders, and activists—represent the most powerful views of liberal internationalism. Offering alternative positions that challenge the status quo of both the left and the right, these essays claim that, in spite of the inconsistent justifications provided by the United States and its allies and the conflict-ridden process of social reconstruction, the war in Iraq has been morally justifiable on the grounds that Saddam Hussein was a brutal tyrant, a flagrant violator of human rights, a force of global instability and terror, and a threat to world peace.

The authors discuss the limitations of the current system of global governance, which tolerates gross violations of human rights and which has failed to prevent genocide in places such as Bosnia and Rwanda. They also underscore the need for reform in international institutions and international law. At the same time, these essays do not necessarily attempt to apologize for the mistakes, errors, and deceptions in the way the Bush administration has handled the war. Disputing the idea that the only true liberal position on the war is to be against it, this volume charts an invaluable third course, a path determined by a strong liberal commitment to human rights, solidarity with the oppressed, and a firm stand against fascism, totalitarianism, and tyranny.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520245556
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/11/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the liberal-humanitarian case for war in Iraq1
1The case for regime change29
2Liberal legacies, Europe's totalitarian era, and the Iraq war : historical conjunctures and comparisons39
3"Regime change" : the case of Iraq57
4In the murk of it : Iraq reconsidered76
5National interest and international law95
6Just war against an "outlaw" region106
7Moral arguments : sovereignty, feasibility, agency, and consequences125
8A friendly drink in a time of war147
9Wielding the moral club152
10Peace, human rights, and the moral choices of the churches160
11Ethical correctness and the decline of the left179
12Pages from a daily journal of argument191
13Liberal realism or liberal idealism : the Iraq war and the limits of tolerance207
14Iraq and the European left223
15Guilt's end : how Germany redefined the lessons of its past during the Iraq war233
16The Iraq war and the French left243
17Tempting illusions, scary realities, or the emperor's new clothes II259
18Antitotalitarianism as a vocation : an interview with Adam Michnik271
19Sometimes, a war saves people281
20Gulf war syndrome mark II : the case for siding with the Iraqi people285
21"They don't know one little thing"297
22"Why did it take you so long to get here?"309
23Full statement to the House of Commons, 18 March 2003329
24The threat of global terrorism340

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