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PreemptionMilitary Action and Moral Justification$
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Henry Shue and David Rodin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199233137

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233137.001.0001

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Preventive War, What Is It Good For?

Preventive War, What Is It Good For?

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Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that although Bush's preventive war in Iraq is morally wrong, and his policy is too broad, some exceptional preventive wars can still be morally justified. It develops and defends a version of consequentialism about war. It then criticizes the relevant part of the most common deontological alternative — just war theory. Finally, all of this theory is applied to preventive war in general and Bush's war and policy in particular.

Keywords:   pre-emption, Iraq War, Bush Administration, justification, consequentialism, just war theory, military policy

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