The Just War Principles: The Definition Of War

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War is something that, at this point in history, can be arguably deemed as part of the human condition. For whatever reason, it appears that humans are destined not to get along and that violent conflict is the preferred method of solving issues that arise. Whether it be fighting for the love of Helen of Troy or espousing the likes of God and Allah as a justification, war is one thing that time has yet to see the end of. That being said, it comes as no surprise that academics, scientists, and philosophers alike have taken to attempting to understand why wars happen. A controversial and somewhat debated topic is the concept of the Just War Principles. These principles attempt to understand and perhaps explain the rationale behind why war is waged. There are two criteria that the principle are broken into: “the right to go to war” (jus ad bellum) and “the right conduct in war” (jus in bello). The principles associated with jus ad bellum are the following: just cause, comparative justice, competent authority, right intention, probability of success, last resort, and proportionality (Finlay, 2015). Just cause refers to the idea that war must be just in that it has to constitute something more than say simply recapturing something that has been taken or as a punishment for doing something wrong (Just War Theory). Essentially, innocent lives must be in danger in order for war to be the just cause of action. With this in mind, comparative justice takes into account the idea that
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