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Morality and WarCan War Be Just in the Twenty-first Century?$
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David Fisher

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599240

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599240.001.0001

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12. Making War Just

12. Making War Just

(p.243) 12. Making War Just
Morality and War

David Fisher (Contributor Webpage)

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After reflection on the fate of the Ypres cloth hall, the feasibility of abolishing war is assessed. This should be our long‐term aim, but the pressing priority is to make war just and to make only just war. The concluding chapter considers three challenges to achieving this. These are, first, political—how we can ensure that our politicians and public officials behave justly and that just‐war counsels ring out in Cabinet War rooms; and second, military—how to ensure by better training and education that our military behave justly. There is discussion of whether and when military disobedience is justified and the role of the International Criminal Court in enforcing just behaviour. The final challenge is making society just, since only within a just society will the other goals be achieved. This will require rediscovering the importance of morality and our confidence in our ability to teach it.

Keywords:   abolition of war, Cabinet, disobedience by military, education, International Criminal Court, just war, training, Ypres

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