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By James E. White

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ISBN-13: 9781111523510

Excerpted chapters from the 9th version of White modern ethical difficulties made to be had to supply readers with a short anthology for the research of the ethics of struggle, terrorism, torture, and assassination. Supported with challenge circumstances, an illuminating introductory essay, and research questions, this article is going to have interaction scholars in a single of the main an important ethical debates of our time. Readings representing divergent viewpoints will problem them to boost their very own serious positions. this article is obtainable both as a standalone reader or should be bundled with the other Wadsworth name.

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The special opprobrium associated with the word “terrorism” must be understood as a condemnation of means, not ends. Of course, those who condemn terrorist attacks on civilians often also reject the ends that the attackers are trying to achieve. They think that a separate Basque state, or the withdrawal of US forces from the Middle East, for example, are not aims that anyone should be pursuing, let alone by violent means. But the condemnation does not depend on rejecting the aims of the terrorists.

Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2003. The author argues that autonomy, based on a Kantian notion of humanity, provides a better theoretical underpinning for the war convention or jus in bello principles than consequentialist or rights-based theories. The analysis is applied to the supreme emergency doctrine and the war on terrorism. 26 CH A PTER 1 • War and Terrorism G REVIEW QUESTIONS 1. According to Brough, Lango, and van der Linden, the just war tradition is based on two controversial ideas. What are they and why are they controversial?

Most advanced nations with standing armies not only produce but also export the types of deadly weapons used by factions in terrorist actions. If we restrict the use of the term “terrorist” to those groups that deploy deadly violence “beyond the pale” of any established legal system, then it follows that terrorists derive their weapons from more formal (and legal) military institutions and industries. The conventional weapons trade has proven all but impossible to control, given the ease with which stockpiled arms are transferred from regime to regime and provided by some countries to smaller groups that they deem to be politically correct.

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