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Genocide, torture, and terrorism : ranking international crimes and justifying humanitarian intervention

Author: Thomas W Simon
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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We are understandably reluctant to "rank" moral atrocities. What is worse, genocide or terrorism? But our refusal has consequences. In this book, Thomas W. Simon argues that politicians use our discomfort to manipulate our sense of injustice to serve their interests. He argues that while genocides such as the Holocaust and Rwanda are universally recognized as the worst crimes imaginable, The War on Terror has  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas W Simon
ISBN: 9781137415103 113741510X
OCLC Number: 908192637
Description: xii, 244 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I. Comparing injustices : the centrality of genocide --
Comparing wrongs --
Comparing genocides --
Rwanda : undervalued injustice --
Part II. Comparative applications : War on Terror's distortions --
Torture : undervalued injustice --
Terrorism : overvalued injustice --
Part III. From theory to practice : humanitarian intervention revised --
Universal wrongs : Jus Cogens --
Duty to act : beyond responsibility to protect --
Appendix A. Genocide, torture and terrorism compared --
Appendix B. International crimes compared.
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