just war–or a just war?

asks Jimmy Carter in this New York Times Op-Ed. The conditions for a just war, Carter says, are that a) The war can be waged only as a last resort, with all nonviolent options exhausted; b) The war’s weapons must discriminate between combatants and noncombatants; c) Its violence must be proportional to the injury we have suffered; d) The attackers must have legitimate authority sanctioned by the society they profess to represent; and e) The peace it establishes must be a clear improvement over what exists. These conditions do not obtain in the current situation, Carter says, and therefore, he doesn’t think that the war, at this time, is a good option.


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