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Introduction

Thomas Cushman

in A Matter of Principle

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780520244863
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932166 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520244863.003.0001
Introduction

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This volume consists of chapters by leading world political figures, writers, scholars, and activists who supported the war on what might be broadly called liberal-humanitarian grounds; those who did not support the war offer some observations about the political response to it. The authors are united by a common recognition that, in spite of the inconsistent justifications provided by the United States and its allies and the conflict-ridden process of social reconstruction, the war can be seen as morally justifiable: Saddam Hussein was a brutal tyrant, a gross violator of human rights, a torturer, a mass murderer, a threat to world peace and to what John Rawls refers to as the Law of Peoples. The war can be seen as morally legitimate on grounds of basic human rights as embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is the ethical basis for the international world order.

Keywords: Iraq war; liberal-humanitarian grounds; aggression; international law; human rights

Chapter.  10918 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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