War and Terrorism

War and Terrorism

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The terrorist and military actions of the past few years provide a new perspective on established arguments for the justified use of political violence. In this timely volume a number of important questions are carefully examined: How are reasonable responses to terrorism to be determined? Is the military action in Iraq spearheaded by the US qreasonableq in that sense? What role do human rights play in this thinking? Can human rights also be used as a justification of terrorism in certain circumstances? What are we to make of arguments that terrorist actions are carried out in an effort to protect innocents or in self-defense? Would moral culpability be mitigated if the perpetrators of terrorist violence were in relevant ways ignorant of the evil they were inflicting? What exactly is terrorism?The only remotely plausible such basis, it seems to me, is a defense of at least certain cases of terrorism as acts of justified defensive force. My purpose in this essay, then, will be to address the question of whether terrorism can be defended anbsp;...

Title:War and Terrorism
Author:John R. Rowan
Publisher: - 2004


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