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Title: From Just War to Ethics of Conflict Resolution: A Critique of Just-War Thinking in the Light of the War in Iraq
Author(s): VERSTRAETEN, J.
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 11 Issue: 2-3 Date: 2004
The theory of the just war is embedded in a venerable tradition, yet it is marked today by an ambivalence between ethical reflection and rhetorical justification. Rather than abandoning the tradition, however, I would argue that what is needed is a reinterpretation of just-war thinking, not only to prevent misuse of the theory to justify national interests, but also to expand the theory’s scope and allow it to address the issue of a sustainable post-war peace.