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Asymmetric KillingRisk Avoidance, Just War, and the Warrior Ethos$
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Neil C. Renic

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198851462

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198851462.001.0001

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Military Sniping

Military Sniping

(p.107) 5 Military Sniping
Asymmetric Killing

Neil C. Renic

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the asymmetry-challenge of military sniping. It first provides a historical overview of the practice, beginning with early forms of ranged killing and concluding with the sharpshooting of the First World War. The asymmetric potential of this technology will be detailed, as well as the criticism this advantage attracted. The chapter will then clarify that in contrast to its tension with the warrior ethos, the asymmetry-challenge of sniping did not impact the Just War Tradition to a meaningful degree. The chapter concludes by examining the gradual resolution of the asymmetry-challenge of sniping, focusing on the increasingly significant role of combat responsibility in determinations of ethically legitimate violence.

Keywords:   sniping, sharpshooting, American Revolutionary War, US Civil War, First World War, risk, reciprocal risk, chivalry, warrior ethos, Just War Tradition

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