By L. Calhoun
Calhoun examines the centuries-old paradigm of simply battle conception to figure out no matter if glossy 'just conflict' rationalizations represent sound justifications or pro-military propaganda. Her paintings unearths how the perform of recent battle contradicts the main simple values and ideas of contemporary Western democracies.
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Contemporary advocates of just war theory do not, however, believe (as do pacifists) that all modern wars waged by stable nations are precluded by their failure to satisfy the last resort condition. On the contrary, while they often disagree about how to understand just cause, proportionality, and reasonable chance for success, their openended and nonrestrictive interpretation of last resort is one of the strongest points of agreement among just war theorists. According to Robert Phillips: It is a mistake to suppose that “last” necessarily designates the final move in a chronological series of actions.
Saddam Hussein11 When Almighty God rendered successful a convoy of Muslims, the vanguards of Islam, He allowed them to destroy the United States. —Osama bin Laden12 America is a nation with a mission, and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs . . America acts in this cause with friends and allies at our side, yet we understand our special calling: This great republic will lead the cause of freedom. The momentum of freedom in our world is unmistakable—and it is not carried forward by our power alone.
It seems reasonable to suppose that an attempt at negotiation is morally incumbent upon leaders preparing to embroil their nations in war, yet even the possibility of negotiation has been dismissed out of hand by some leaders. Consider, for example, President George H. W. Bush’s stance in his January 9, 1991, letter to Saddam Hussein: “Nor will there be any negotiation. Principle cannot be compromised” (Sifray and Cerf 1991, 178). Similar statements were echoed in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, by President George W.