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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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Moral Arguments

Moral Arguments

Sovereignty, Feasibility, Agency, and Consequences

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(p.125) 7 Moral Arguments
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A Matter of Principle
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Daniel Kofman

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520244863.003.0008

This chapter explores the two main areas of normative controversy giving rise to confusion in the antiwar movement: rights and duties concerning sovereignty, and agent-restrictive or consequentialist considerations. It starts by presenting the argument from sovereignty. The Twin Earth comparison suggests how equally contingent is the current conglomeration of politically correct views. Principled opponents of the war in Iraq do not usually deny that bringing about a stable democracy in Iraq is good in itself. It is argued that diffident feasibility skepticism has been the only justified stance of opposition to the war in Iraq. The Coalition is not even responsible for the deaths of innocent bystanders, the collateral damage of its bombing, since these deaths were “unintended”.

Keywords:   antiwar movement, rights, sovereignty, agent-restrictive, consequentialist, Twin Earth comparison, Iraq war, Coalition

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