Just War Tradition

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The principles of The Just War Tradition stress that a Just War must be the last resort, attempting all other possible strategies before using such force. Someone in high power is the only one who is allowed to wage a war; the source must be legitimate. A just war can only be fought with a reasonable chance of success. The reasoning behind a war must not be revenge, instead, the war must result in peace; the peace that would’ve been kept had the war never begun. The injuries inflicted in the war must fit the violence that was displayed; assuring that unnecessary force was not used. All in all, a Just War must be fought with the right intentions The War in Iraq started March 20, 2003 with the invasion of Iraq from the United States. According to the principles of Just War tradition, “The war can only be waged as the last resort, with all nonviolent actions exhausted”. Other nonviolent alternatives were clear and different measures could’ve been sought. The first planned attack was to send 3,000 bombs and missiles out on the Iraqi people where civilians were among the population, unarmed and innocent. This went against the theory where “Civilians are never permissible targets of war and every effort must be taken to avoid killing civilians. The deaths of civilians are justified only if they are unavoidable victims of a deliberate attack on a military target.” It was clear that this was not the case. It has been argued that if the intent to go to Iraq was for a change in government, that it would be morally justified. If the sole reason for war was to capture Sadaam and his officials, this would then be unjust. At the time of the war, the war met another requirement of the doctrine; it had legitimate authority, George W. Bush. As long as a legit source declares the war, approval from the UN is unnecessary. Therefore there was an official declaration of war, showing
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