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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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A Matter of Principle

Norman Geras

University of California Press

This chapter consists of edited extracts from normblog—The Weblog of Norman Geras. It contains his personal views on Iraq as well as his feelings on September 11, 2001, which he claims to be an act of gross criminality. He described that the left's response to the incident was more an excuse and apologia. The chapter also describes the dimensions on the issue on the war in Iraq. Gregas believes that if a government treats its own people with terrible brutality, massacring them and such, there is a right of humanitarian intervention by outside powers. The overriding of the principle of national sovereignty was then justified, if it was, not because Saddam Hussein was a dictator but because his regime fell on the wrong side of a moral threshold of extreme inhumanity. That should have delegitimized it as an acceptable member of the community of nations.

Keywords:   Iraq war, Norman Geras, Weblog, Saddam Hussein, humanitarian intervention, brutality, inhumanity

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