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The Ethics of War and Peace An Introduction to Legal and Moral Issues cover
  • ISBN: 9780137862788
  • ISBN10: 0137862784

The Ethics of War and Peace An Introduction to Legal and Moral Issues

by Paul Christopher

  • List Price: $40.00
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 2
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publish date: 07/01/1998
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Explores the often-conflicting moral and legal obligations that officers and soldiers have when ordered to fight in wars they believe to be unjust. Contains many recent examples -- e.g., Gulf War, interventions in Bosnia, Haiti, Somalia. Addresses the moral and legal issues surrounding UN peacekeeping and peacemaking missions. Examines certain problematic aspects of the international laws of war and the just war tradition -- e.g., obedience to superior orders, military necessity and reprisals. Shows that although many international laws currently in force are outdated (e.g., those prohibiting the use of barbed spears and glass bullets), the just war principles on which they are based can be used to formulate new laws more suitable to modern tactics and technology (e.g., flamethrowers and nerve agents). Highlights the influence of the Christian religion (both positive and negative) on the development of both the just war tradition and existing international law.
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