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Accountability for KillingMoral Responsibility for Collateral Damage in America's Post-9/11 Wars$
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Neta Crawford

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199981724

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199981724.001.0001

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Collateral Damage and Frameworks of Moral Responsibility

Collateral Damage and Frameworks of Moral Responsibility

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(p.465) 9 Collateral Damage and Frameworks of Moral Responsibility
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Accountability for Killing
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Neta C. Crawford

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199981724.003.0010

This chapter summarizes the main arguments of the book. The book is a moral argument that begins with identifying collateral damage as something that is not “normal” or inevitable although international law and the just war tradition have made it seem just that. Even though it is legal, foreseeable collateral damage is a moral problem not just when large numbers of civilians are killed, but because it is a regular and often adjustable feature of war planning. The book argues — against the dominant framework of individual moral responsibility — that the moral responsibility for collateral damage is not simply individual, but a consequence of the organization of war. The causes and remedies for collateral damage are thus about organizational changes. The chapter thus offers a list of concrete steps that could be taken to reduce civilian killing in war.

Keywords:   summary, concrete steps, remedies

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