Essay: Debate on War

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This is an essay on War in Iraq. Progressive supporters of the war have mystified a “just cause” with a “just war.” There are unfair causes, such as the effort of the United States to establish its power in Vietnam, or to use strong-arm tactics with Panama or Grenada, or to subvert the government of Nicaragua.

Progressive supporters of the war have mystified a “just cause” with a “just war.” There are unfair causes, such as the effort of the United States to establish its power in Vietnam, or to use strong-arm tactics with Panama or Grenada, or to subvert the government of Nicaragua. And a cause may be just getting North Korea to withdraw from South Korea, getting Saddam Hussein to withdraw from Kuwait, or ending terrorism–but it does not chase that going to war on behalf of that cause, with the expected mayhem that follows, is just.

This type of attack to me is Illegitimate, because it cannot be acceptable on any of the grounds by which preemptive wars are and should be judged and would signify and promote dangerous, lawless international behavior. Incompatible with the purpose, spirit, and intend of the worldwide military and political alliances which the United States leads, and therefore harmful both to these alliances and to American leadership. Mismatched also with the two central principles by which the international system has progressed over centuries, namely, the right of all states to be accepted and treated as independent, and the simultaneous and corresponding need and requirement for states to become part of associations for common purposes.

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