Moral Dilemmas of Modern War: Torture, Assasination and Blackmail in an Age of Asymmetric Conflict / Edition 1

Moral Dilemmas of Modern War: Torture, Assasination and Blackmail in an Age of Asymmetric Conflict / Edition 1

by Michael L. Gross
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521685109

ISBN-13: 9780521685108

Pub. Date: 12/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Asymmetric conflict is changing the way that we practise and think about war. Torture, rendition, assassination, blackmail, extortion, direct attacks on civilians, and chemical weapons are all finding their way to the battlefield despite longstanding international prohibitions. This book offers a practical guide for policy makers, military officers, students, and…  See more details below

Overview

Asymmetric conflict is changing the way that we practise and think about war. Torture, rendition, assassination, blackmail, extortion, direct attacks on civilians, and chemical weapons are all finding their way to the battlefield despite longstanding international prohibitions. This book offers a practical guide for policy makers, military officers, students, and others who ask such questions as: Do guerillas deserve respect or long jail sentences? Are there grounds to torture guerillas for information or assassinate them on the battlefield? Is there room for nonlethal weapons to subdue militants and safeguard the lives of noncombatants? Who are noncombatants in asymmetric war? What is the status of civilians who shelter and aid guerillas? And, do guerillas have any right to attack civilians, particularly those who aid and shelter members of the stronger army? If one side can expand the scope of civilian vulnerability, then why can’t the other? To read and comment on Michael Gross's blog article on the UN Human Rights Council Report on Gaza, click here

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521685108
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,040,547
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. Torture, assassination and blackmail in modern, asymmetric conflict; 2. Friends, foes or brothers in arms? The puzzle of combatant equality; Part I. Dilemmas and Paradoxes of Combatancy: 3. Shooting to kill: the paradox of prohibited weapons; 4. Shooting to stun: the paradox of nonlethal warfare; 5. Murder, self-defense or execution? The dilemma of assassination; 6. Human dignity or human life: the dilemmas of torture; Part II. Dilemmas and Paradoxes of Noncombatancy: 7. Blackmailing the innocent: the dilemma of noncombatant immunity; 8. Killing the innocent: the dilemma of terror; 9. Risking our lives to save others: the paradox (and dilemma) of humanitarian intervention; Conclusion: 10. Torture, assassination and blackmail: new norms for asymmetric conflict?

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