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Single Idea 23582

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

Full Idea

Reprisal is the first resort of force. It is an alternative to war, and that description is an important argument in its favour.

Gist of Idea

Reprisal is defensible, as an alternative to war


Michael Walzer (Just and Unjust Wars [1977], 13)

Book Reference

Walzer,Michael: 'Just and Unjust Wars' [Penguin 1984], p.218

A Reaction

Enduring wrongs with dignity might be another alternative. Successful reprisals may be acceptable, but how do you assess their prospects?