Just War Theory Analysis

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Four Important Tenants and their Relationship to the War in Iraq Just War is a theory and at most times a universal code that all countries strive to follow when engaging in a war. The Just War theory has garnered more controversies since the conflict in the Middle East. There are many tenants that are mandated in pursuit of the Just War theory. The four theories that will be analyzed are just cause, having the right intention, discrimination and war should only be used as a last resort, turned to only when discussion is unsuccessful. The antagonist must be afforded the opportunity to make a peaceful settlement prior to the initiation of hostilities. Many years before we invaded Iraq, extensive negotiations occurred with Saddam Hussein…show more content…
When Cicero initially pondered these theories, the biggest threat was someone stealing your livestock; weapons of mass destruction were unheard of. In light of the attacks against the Iraqi people, the September 11 attacks and the realization that the threats were credible justified a preemptive strike. Saint Augustine stipulated that wars must not be undertaken without rightful intentions, such as the advancement of good, the securing of peace, the punishment of evildoers, or the avoidance of evil. The preemptive attack on Iraq met all of these…show more content…
Cicero states not only must we show consideration for those whom we have conquered by force of arms, but we must also ensure protection to those who lay down their arms. In addition to the Geneva Convention, the United States armed services have a code of conduct that soldiers must adhere to. There have been instances where innocent busloads of children have been killed in the Middle East. According to the tenants this was not unjust because the intent of the US military was not to kill innocent children although the children ended up being the casualties. Complicating the obligation to follow the tenant of discrimination is the fact that our enemies do not adhere to the tenant of discrimination. This dilemma creates complicated situations for our soldiers. The US military has been trained to not ambush combatants that are surrendering. Unfortunately, the enemies use this tenant against the soldiers. A problematic technique is the enemies waving the white flag so that they are able to get close enough to the soldiers to ambush coalition forces. This forces the soldiers to make harsh decisions regarding how to follow the tenant of discrimination. The United States respects the sacredness of all religious facilities, schools and hospitals. The terrorists also use this to their advantage and stage training facilities within the sacred locations further complication the ability of the coalition forces to discern friend or foe.
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