Just War and Fighting Terrorism
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This paper identifies and discusses the seven criteria for a Just War under international law and shows how all of these criteria appear to apply legitimately to the war on terrorism. The paper emphasizes that America is now acting in self-defense and this means that all of the criteria of the just war doctrine apply to the present war against terrorism.
From the Paper:"The Just War theory was formulated by Augustine, refined by Thomas Aquinas, and developed in more-or-less present form by Francisco de Victoria in the early 1600s. The seven criteria for a Just War under international law are: (1) War is a last resort. (2). The cause itself must be just, aimed at deterring or repelling aggression, or righting a grievous wrong. (3). There must be a right intention, such as defending against great injury. (4). It must be undertaken by legitimate authority. (5). There must be probability of success in achieving the purpose. (6). There must be proportionality of both goals and means: Goals must be commensurate with the probable costs of war, and the means employed must be commensurate with the goals. (7). Discrimination must be exercised so that, as much as possible, the immunity of noncombatants is respected. All of these criteria appear to apply legitimately to the present war on terrorism."
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Just War and Fighting Terrorism (2003, November 11) Retrieved September 16, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/just-war-and-fighting-terrorism-33878/
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