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Fighting Terror

Fighting Terror

Alex Bellamy


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Fighting Terror analyses the ethical dilemmas that confront everyone in the war on terror. Arguing that this is as much a war of ideas as it is a military struggle, Alex Bellamy argues that fighting morally is essential in distancing the terrorized from the terrorists. The book starts by setting out the case for thinking ethically about the war on terror and demonstrates the immorality of terrorism. Covering everything from torture to bombing, assassination to post-war reconstruction, Bellamy uses a series of fascinating case studies to examine how morally terror is being fought across the world. Though, he claims, there is a good case for combating terrorism, the way this is being done is ethically deeply troubling. Fighting Terror makes a powerful and controversial argument for bringing ethics and morality back in to the way we think about terrorism.
Alex J. Bellamy is Professor of International Relations at The University of Queensland. His research focuses on the normative aspects of the use of military force, in particular the ethics and laws of war, peace operations and humanitarian intervention.
'Here is a book many of us have been awaiting - a sophisticated reading of the just war tradition as it speaks to the post 9/11 international order. Bellamy's understanding of just war as a tradition of thought means that his critical assessment of American efforts to counter terrorism carries great weight. This is a book which will benefit students and scholars alike' Tony Lang, University of St Andrews

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Preface vii
Introduction 1
1 Ethics and war: an oxymoron? 5
Realism 5
Pacifism 8
Neoconservatism 10
Reciprocity 13
The value of ethics 17
What type of ethics? 20
Conclusion 27
2 What’s wrong with terrorism? 28
What is terrorism? 30
A moral definition of terrorism 38
Justifications of terrorism 41
Conclusion 49
3 A just war on terror? 50
The jus ad bellum test 52
A just cause? 55
A proportionate war? 68
Conclusion 70
4 Is pre-emption legitimate? 72
Self-defence in the just war tradition 73
Pre-empting terrorism? 81
Yemen 87
Iraq 92
Conclusion 97
5 May we torture ticking-bomb terrorists? 99
The legal and moral prohibition 103
The case for torture 109
The ticking-bomb terrorist 119
Conclusion 127
6 What comes next? 128
The minimalist approach 129
The maximalist approach 136
Just peace in the war on terror 141
Conclusion 150
Notes 153
Introduction and chapter 1\r 153
Chapter 2\r 155
Chapter 3\r 157
Chapter 4 159
Chapter 5 164
Chapter 6 167
Index 170