When Is War Justified?

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According to St. Thomas Aquinas, there are three conditions that need to exist to determine if war is justified or not. These conditions are: 1. War can only be declared by a proper authority (government) An individual could not declare war because they are upset. 2. There must be a just cause to declare war. If one country is going to attack another they better have a good reason to do so. 3. The entity that is declaring war better "have a rightful intention". The country declaring war better be doing it for the "advancement of good, or the avoidance of evil." War should not be motivated by hate, greed, or something that is as equally important. (Bonevac, 2010) When The Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas was translated and revised in 1920, these conditions made sense. The world has changed a lot since the 1920s. We are more likely to consult other world powers to justify our reasons for going to war. A just war today, for civilized countries, have to have approval from the United Nations. An argument about the guidelines that St. Thomas Aquinas had suggested is now it is considered too subjective. "What constitutes a just cause is in the eyes of the beholder, as are the probability of success and any estimate of likely costs and benefits." (Haass, 2009) If war is the only answer to save lives, yes it is justifiable not matter the time or the place. When innocent people are being used as pawns for some deranged individual's advantage. Yes war is justifiable. With this reason being by far the most important, according to Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations, the first Iraq war was justifiable, the second was not. Haass argued that "the United States could have done more to contain Saddam though strengthening sanctions. There was a decided lack of international support. And even before the war it was argued and could have been

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