New PDF release: Rethinking War And Peace

By Diana Francis

ISBN-10: 0745321887

ISBN-13: 9780745321882

Is conflict ever a simply technique to unravel clash? Diana Francis argues that it isn't. With ardour and eloquence, she mounts a head-on problem to the idea that battle as an establishment is both worthwhile or potent for sturdy. Refuting the proposal that human nature condemns us to perpetual carnage, she argues that we will swap the methods we predict and the platforms we are living by means of. In a tightly reasoned dialogue of the ethics of warfare and peace she asserts that battle is a gross denial of the center values on which peace relies, and that the simply struggle idea has failed and deceived us. The booklet explores alternative routes of confronting aggression and injustice, displaying that those are missed yet good confirmed. Francis argues that our defense may be more desirable by means of acceptance of our shared accountability for every different and our planet. Practial ideas require a brand new point of participation in public affairs. contemporary occasions have proven that this is often attainable. Francis outlines the stairs we needs to take to lead to the novel shift so urgently needed.

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This right is, however, being increasingly challenged and ‘relativised’ in practice, as recent wars have demonstrated – wars that have ostensibly been waged (among other reasons) to protect the rights of people within those countries. Many would argue, conscientiously, that state boundaries should not be sacrosanct and that when terrible things are being done within them ‘something should be done’. Current international law states that it is not acceptable for a state to take a decision to go to war against another state unless it has been invaded or is about to be attacked.

In one day in Pancevo in April 1999, NATO bombs demolished a refinery, a fertiliser plant and an American-built petrochemical complex. This was one episode in 78 days of aerial assaults which caused environmental disasters across Serbia. The daily, relentless pollution caused by military aircraft and land vehicles and by military production is less dramatic but cumulatively immense. The creation, storage and transport of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ (and indeed all modern weapons of war), let alone their use, constitute a threat to our environment, at a time when we are becoming frighteningly aware of our impact on it.

Its concern is with the stability needed for the promotion of its own economic interests and political influence. Western intervention in the former Yugoslavia, when it came, was a response prompted not only by public unease about a war fought in back gardens not dissimilar to our own but also by the West’s strategic interests in the political and geographical interface between what used to be called Western Europe and the Arab Francis 01 intro 24 29/3/04 10:47:17 am What is War Good For? 25 world.

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