By James E. White
Excerpted chapters from the 9th variation of White modern ethical difficulties made on hand to supply readers with a quick anthology for the examine of the ethics of warfare, terrorism, torture, and assassination. Supported with challenge circumstances, an illuminating introductory essay, and research questions, this article will 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 accessible both as a standalone reader or could be bundled with the other Wadsworth identify.
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Extra resources for Contemporary Moral Problems: War, Terrorism, Torture and Assassination , Fourth Edition
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. This book contests the commonly accepted idea that war is justiﬁed in case of national selfdefense and carefully argues that the domestic analogy of individual self-defense fails. Rodin proposes that the use of armed force may be 25 justiﬁed as a police action against enemy soldiers involved in an aggressive war. His view is commented upon in “Symposium: War and SelfDefense,” Ethics and International Affairs 18 (Winter 2004). , ed. Terrorism and International Justice.
BROUGH, L A NGO, VA N DER LINDEN • Just War Principles The author argues that only wars in defense of “socially basic human rights” are just, so that selfdefensive wars by corrupt regimes may be unjust and an attack on such regimes may be just. , Perspectives on Humanitarian Military Intervention. Berkeley: Berkeley Public Policy Press, 2001. On analogy with just war theory’s jus ad bellum and jus in bello principles, the author advocates principles for just humanitarian military intervention, which are termed jus ad interventionem and jus in interventione criteria.
Likewise, innocent bystanders are protected from ordinary criminals by whatever deterrent force the threat of punishment and the risk of getting killed in the act of committing a crime offer. For a suicide bomber, neither of these threats is a deterrent at all—after all, for the suicide bomber one of the hallmarks of a successful operation is that he winds up dead at day’s end. Given the unique and heightened danger that suicide terrorists pose, a stronger response that grants potential terrorists fewer rights may be justiﬁed.