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But was it just? : reflections on the morality of the Persian Gulf War

Author: Jean Bethke Elshtain; David E DeCosse
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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President George Bush said yes; some bishops said no; even Doonesbury touched on the question. But what does it mean, in any case, to say that a war is just? What are the yardsticks of justice that support President Bush's claim that it was just to reverse Iraq's invasion of Kuwait? And how does one evaluate the justness of stopping the war when the allies did? And what of our fierce bombing of the fleeing Iraqi
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
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But was it just?
New York : Doubleday, 1992
(OCoLC)606215490
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Bethke Elshtain; David E DeCosse
ISBN: 0385422814 9780385422819
OCLC Number: 24589956
Description: x, 132 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Justice and injustice in the Gulf War / Michael Walzer --
From last resort to endgame : morality, the Gulf War, and the peace process / George Weigel --
Just war as politics : what the Gulf War told us about contemporary American life / Jean Bethke Elshtain --
Can wars be just? A Palestinian viewpoint of the Gulf War / Sari Nusseibeh --
Whose just war? Which peace? / Stanley Hauerwas.
Responsibility: Jean Bethke Elshtain [and others] ; with an appendix from La Civiltà cattolica translated by Peter Heinegg ; edited by David E. DeCosse.

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President George Bush said yes; some bishops said no; even Doonesbury touched on the question. But what does it mean, in any case, to say that a war is just? What are the yardsticks of justice that support President Bush's claim that it was just to reverse Iraq's invasion of Kuwait? And how does one evaluate the justness of stopping the war when the allies did? And what of our fierce bombing of the fleeing Iraqi troops on the road from Kuwait? The threat to Israel? The.

Value of oil in weighing whether to fight or not? But Was It Just? is an ethical primer in which the leading thinkers of our time on matters of war and peace take up these questions and more. In a style both popular and substantive, they explore the morality of the Gulf War in light of the centuries-old just war tradition; of political analysis; and of personal experience and conviction. Michael Walzer, author of Just and Unjust Wars, makes the case for the war's.

Justness, as does George Weigel, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Jean Bethke Elshtain, author of Women and War, explores the ambiguities of the war's morality and the role of women in it, while Sari Nusseibeh, a Palestinian philosopher, discusses the conflict from the vantage point of an Israeli jail. Stanley Hauerwas offers a Christian pacifist's response to the war. One appendix features a watershed editorial on the Gulf War and war.

In general by a Jesuit magazine that usually reflects the point of view of the pope. Another appendix features a chronology of the Gulf crisis, highlighting those events that have figured most in assessing the war's justness. This is a book for citizens and students about one of the most significant episodes in recent American history. It is also a model of moral reasoning on questions sure to be with us again in the future.

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