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Point of AttackPreventive War, International Law, and Global Welfare$
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John Yoo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199347735

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347735.001.0001

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Imperial Versus Humanitarian Wars

Imperial Versus Humanitarian Wars

(p.25) 2 Imperial Versus Humanitarian Wars
Point of Attack

John Yoo

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 discusses in greater detail the change in war. It shows that the great majority of deaths in war since WWII have been civilians killed during internal civil wars. It argues that the international system mistakenly bars intervention in the internal affairs of states to stop these conflicts because the law, like generals, is fighting the last war.

Keywords:   Internal armed conflict, laws of war, international humanitarian law, great powers

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