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Iraq : The Moral Reckoning

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Iraq: The Moral Reckoning is an intensive application of the six classic just war theory criteria to the 2003 Iraq war decision, weighing information available at the time from a wide range of sources and concluding that the war met just one of the six, whereas a just war should meet all. It supplements the criteria with widely used ethical principles and thoroughly refutes neoconservative arguments that the war met the criteria.show more

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  • Hardback | 306 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 612.35g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739138936
  • 9780739138939

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Craig White analyzes the U.S. decision to go to war in Iraq in terms of the moral justification for war, a topic too often treated superficially at best in our foreign policy establishment. With wars ongoing, and many advocating more wars, we would do well to look to Mr. White's work to see what light the Just War Theory sheds on some of the most momentous decisions we face. -- Ron Paul Craig White has written an exhaustively well-documented, scrupulously balanced, deeply scholarly consideration of the justice of the Iraq war, informed by the professional insights of a career diplomat. The work exemplifies intellectual courage and a profound love of country while finding the best attempts to justify the Iraq war egregiously defective. White dispassionately unmasks folly masquerading as perennial wisdom, willfulness as virtue, and pettiness as gravitas. What a pity that the sober judgment found in this book was lacking in those leaders given the crisis and opportunity presented by 9/11. History does not doom us to its repetition if we but avail ourselves of the perceptive insights White here offers us. -- Thomas Cavanaugh, University of San Francisco The tragic strategic, economic, and humanitarian consequences of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq have long been apparent. Craig White does an important service in taking a comprehensive evaluation of the critical underlying issue of the morality of the invasion itself, specifically its failure to meet widely-accepted criteria for a just war. As a career diplomat, White recognizes that such questions are of great importance not only to theologians and philosophers, but also to policy makers and ordinary citizens. He makes his case in a thorough and convincing manner. -- Stephen Zunes, University of San Francisco A rigorous analysis and application of the six criteria of Just War Theory to the 2003 decision by the Bush White House to go to war against Iraq...White does an excellent job reviewing the history and importance of Just War Theory and gives us an excellent run down of the meaning and development of the six criteria...I highly encourage all Catholics and people who take war seriously (everyone should) to read this book. This book ought to serve as a guide to all consideration of future U.S. wars and the Catholic's response to them. Layevangelist.Com, October 23, 2010 White handles this extremely controversial topic in a fir, thorough, and nonpartisan manner, reaching logical conclusions...Military and civilian leaders, clergy, political theorists, and concerned citizens will all gain a deeper moral understanding of conflict by engaging the questions that White raises and refining their own ethical framework for determining justified force. Military Review, September-October 2010show more

About Craig M. White

Craig M. White is public affairs officer at the U.S. embassy in Port Louis, Mauritius.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Part 2 Part I. Introducing Just War Theory Chapter 3 Chapter 1. Introduction: An Old Theory, Today's and Tomorrow's Wars Chapter 4 Chapter 2. How to Apply the Criteria, and Who Should Do It Part 5 Part II. Applying the Criteria Chapter 6 Chapter 3. Sovereign Authority Chapter 7 Chapter 4. Just Cause I: An Armed, Reckless Regime that Harbored Terrorists Chapter 8 Chapter 5. Just Cause II: Preemption, UN Resolutions, and a New Iraq Chapter 9 Chapter 6. Just Cause III: The Legal Case Chapter 10 Chapter 7. Right Intention/The Aim of Peace Chapter 11 Chapter 8. Proportionality of Ends Chapter 12 Chapter 9. Last Resort Chapter 13 Chapter 10. Reasonable Chance of Success Chapter 14 Chapter 11. Replies to Neoconservative Objections Part 15 Part III. Conclusion Chapter 16 Chapter 12. Was It Just? Evaluation and Consequences Part 17 Appendices Chapter 18 Appendix A. Thomas Aquinas on War Chapter 19 Appendix B. Quotations from the Duelfer Reportshow more

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