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A Matter of PrincipleHumanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq$
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Thomas Cushman, Gary Marx, and Christine Williams

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520244863

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520244863.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

The Liberal-Humanitarian Case for War in Iraq

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(p.1) Introduction
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A Matter of Principle
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Thomas Cushman

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520244863.003.0001

This volume consists of chapters by leading world political figures, writers, scholars, and activists who supported the war on what might be broadly called liberal-humanitarian grounds; those who did not support the war offer some observations about the political response to it. The authors are united by a common recognition that, in spite of the inconsistent justifications provided by the United States and its allies and the conflict-ridden process of social reconstruction, the war can be seen as morally justifiable: Saddam Hussein was a brutal tyrant, a gross violator of human rights, a torturer, a mass murderer, a threat to world peace and to what John Rawls refers to as the Law of Peoples. The war can be seen as morally legitimate on grounds of basic human rights as embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is the ethical basis for the international world order.

Keywords:   Iraq war, liberal-humanitarian grounds, aggression, international law, human rights

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