By Richard A. Clarke
Examines America's battle on terror, either earlier than and after September eleventh, together with what went wrong or right, the operations of al Qaeda, the dept of place of birth safety, and different an important activities of the Bush management.
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Extra info for Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror
This right was heavily restricted, however, by the 1945 UN Charter. The question of who has the right to authorize war remains a moot point today. International law suggests that only states under attack and the UN Security Council have this right. Many moralists, however, argue that individual states and coalitions may legitimately wage war in other instances. Furthermore, it is widely accepted today that other actors – such as national liberation movements – may Ethics and war | 23 also legitimately wage war in some circumstances, a question I will address in greater detail in the following chapter.
35 These traits also have direct and deeply problematic consequences for the way we think about and prosecute the war on terror. Most pointedly, having used a Christian-based moral tradition to persuade ourselves of the justice of our cause and the moral superiority of the way we fight, we cease to scrutinize the way we act and, more importantly, the way that others perceive us. So, for example, if we use just war reasoning to argue that the Iraq invasion was just, and if the overwhelming majority of humanity disagrees with us, we can account for that disparity only in one of four ways.
Admittedly, there are plenty What’s wrong with terrorism? | 41 of grey areas. Are civilians who work in dual-use plants (such as an engine factory that makes engines for cars and tanks) legitimate targets? Are all members of an oppressive regime or occupying power combatants, or only those directly involved in fighting? Are police officers combatants? Are off-duty soldiers and police officers? These are grey area questions that can be evaluated only on a case-bycase basis, because moral judgements will ultimately relate to the context and the contribution that particular groups are making to a country’s war-fighting effort.