Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: Ethics and Liberal Democracy / Edition 1by Seumas Miller
Pub. Date: 07/01/2008
Undoubtedly, the events of September 11, 2001 served as a wake-up call to the scourge of global terrorism facing twenty-first century societies. But was the attack on the World Trade Center a crime or an act of war? Is seemingly indiscriminate violence inflicted on civilians ever morally justified? And should society's response always be in kindwith blind,
Undoubtedly, the events of September 11, 2001 served as a wake-up call to the scourge of global terrorism facing twenty-first century societies. But was the attack on the World Trade Center a crime or an act of war? Is seemingly indiscriminate violence inflicted on civilians ever morally justified? And should society's response always be in kindwith blind, destructive violence? For that matter, are all civilians truly "innocent"? The answers are not always so simple.
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: Ethics and Liberal Democracy provides sobering analyses of the nature of terrorism and the moral justificationor lack thereofof terrorist actions and counter-terrorism measures in today's world. Utilizing a variety of thought-provoking philosophical arguments, the historic roots of terrorism and its contemporary incarnations are explored in depth. Detailed analyses of organizations such as the IRA, ANC, Hamas, and al-Qaeda will reveal the many faces of terrorism and its disparate motives and tactics. Early chapters on the Definition of Terrorism, and Is Terrorism ever Morally Justified? are balanced with discussions on Counter-terrorism Strategies and Methods and Moral Limits on Counter-terrorism to provide insights into the complexities and ethical dilemmas posed by terrorism in today's world.
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism will greatly broaden our understanding of the nature and morality of terrorism and counter-terrorist pursuitsa crucial precondition for establishing any form of enduring peace between nations in the twenty-first century world.
Table of Contents
1. The Varieties of Terrorism.
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict.
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism and the IRA in Northern Ireland.
The African National Congress’s Armed Struggle in Apartheid South Africa.
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in India.
2. Defining Terrorism.
The Definition of Terrorism in Terms of Innocents.
The Definition of Terrorism in Terms of Non-Combatants.
Terrorism, Combatants and Authoritarian States.
The Definition of Terrorism: An Indirect Strategy.
3. Terrorism and Collective Responsibility.
Moral Justification for the Use of Deadly Force.
Civilian Immunity and Human Rights Violations.
Civilian Immunity and Culpable Omissions.
Terrorism and Non-Violent Rights Violators.
Terrorism-as-Crime and Police Institutions.
Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights in Liberal Democracies at Peace.
5. Terrorism, War and States of Emergency.
Terrorist Attacks, Disasters and States of Emergency.
Terrorism, Internal Armed Struggles and Theatres of War.
Targeted Killings and the Problem of Dirty Hands.
Definition of Torture.
What Is Wrong with Torture?.
The Moral Justification for One-Off Acts of Torture in Emergencies.
The Moral Justification for Legalized and Institutionalized Torture.
7. Bioterrorism and the Dual-Use Dilemma.
The Biological Weapons Convention.
Experiments of Concern.
Dual-Use Research: The Ethical Issues.
Dissemination of Dual-Use Research Results.
The Regulation of Dual-Use Research.
An Independent Authority.
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