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Single Idea 23572

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / E. Policies / 1. War / a. Just wars]

Full Idea

Just wars may not be self-defence, if they are to help an independence struggle, or it is to save another country being invaded, or to prevent enslavement or massacre.

Gist of Idea

Just wars are self-defence, or a rightful intercession in another's troubles


Michael Walzer (Just and Unjust Wars [1977], 06)

Book Reference

Walzer,Michael: 'Just and Unjust Wars' [Penguin 1984], p.90

A Reaction

[summary] Modern wars support some examples of these, but also suggest that without a long-term plan, or an understanding of the country they are entering, such intercessions may worsen the situation.