Debating just-war theory in light of Islamic State and past Iraqi wars
In the days that followed Pope Francis’ on 18 August remarks on U.S. airstrikes earlier in the month against Islamic State, the buzz was about whether the pope had actually given his consent to them.
The more sobering post-buzz reality is how one stops what, in the pontiff’s words, is an “unjust aggressor”.
Does the United States go in, alone or as part of a broader coalition of nations? Or, to use the language of just-war theory, is the United Nations the “competent authority” to judge these particulars?
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