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Just War ReconsideredStrategy, Ethics, and Theory$
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James M. Dubik

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813168296

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813168296.001.0001

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Just War Reconsidered

James M. Dubik

University Press of Kentucky

America may be tired of war, but war does not yet seem to be tired of America. As I wrote Just War Reconsidered, the United States entered its fourteenth year of war. America “reengaged” in the Iraq war that President Obama once declared was over, and in Syria it has still not decided what to do even as it conducts air strikes and attempts to arm selected rebels. The administration has been forced to delay its decision to withdraw from Afghanistan. Libya is a divided state, even after a NATO humanitarian intervention that ended in regime change—and some say because of it. In other Middle East countries, the hope of the “Arab Spring” has been replaced with spreading flames of violence, insurgency, and civil war. ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) has declared an Islamic state formed out of parts of Iraq and Syria and is in competition with al-Qaeda for leadership of radical Islamists. None of this will end by itself....

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