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Just War and Endgame Objectives in Iraq

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Publication Date: May 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Joseph Capizzi; Kim R. Holmes

Series: Heritage Lecture

Topic: International relations (War)
International relations (International peace and security)

Keywords: Thought; Capizzi; order; Iraq

Type: Speech

Coverage: Iraq


The just war theory connects the use of military force to politics, reminding statesmen that war and politics serve the same goals--namely, justice, order, and peace. Every activity within war must be scrutinized for its capacity to create a more just reorganization of power. Robust analysis should attend not only to questions about whether war is justified, but also to broader political questions about the dynamics that lead to war and strategies for achieving peace.