By Peter Lee (auth.)
Bringing jointly either modern and ancient simply conflict ideas, Peter Lee indicates that Blair's phantasm of morality evaporated quick and irretrievably after the 2003 Iraqinvasion as the rules Blair relied upon have been taken out in their ancient context and utilized in a world political procedure the place they now not carry sway.
Read or Download Blair’s Just War: Iraq and the Illusion of Morality PDF
Best war & peace books
This ebook tells the awesome tale of Birzeit college, Palestine’s oldest collage within the Occupied Territories. based opposed to the backdrop of profession, it truly is open to all scholars, regardless of source of revenue. placing the examine of democracy and tolerance on the center of its curriculum, Birzeit maintains to provide idealistic adolescents who can paintings to lead to a relaxed destiny.
This e-book utilises the transforming into phenomenon of British soldier narratives from Iraq and Afghanistan to discover how British squaddies make experience in their function on those complicated, multi-dimensional operations. It goals to interfere within the debates inside serious feminist scholarship over even if infantrymen can ever be brokers of peace.
- The Little Book of Conflict Transformation
- The Politics of Militant Group Survival in the Middle East: Resources, Relationships, and Resistance
- Failure of the Middle East Peace Process: A Comparative Analysis of Peace Implementation in Israel Palestine, Northern Ireland and South Africa
- Security and International Relations
- Liberal Peace and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Africa
- An Encyclopædia of Pacifism
Extra resources for Blair’s Just War: Iraq and the Illusion of Morality
His aims included the safe evacuation of UK and other foreign citizens, the stabilization of Freetown and defeat of the RUF. The British presence of over a thousand ground troops, ships off the coast, Harrier strike aircraft and helicopter mobility quickly contributed to a degree of political stability and security. The five criteria that Blair had set out the previous year as a means of providing a moral framework for such interventions stood up well. He felt sure of his case for intervening, based as it was on clear evidence of rapidly spreading atrocities committed by the RUF.
It is not only governments and leaders with access to secret police, torture squads and re-education programmes, of the kind for which the Soviet Gulags became infamous, that can dictate what counts as truth in public debate. A more subtle approach is needed in liberal democracies such as the UK but a British Prime Minister still has, and has always had, significant resources that can be used for the purpose of presenting a regime of truth, even if it does not represent what a court might refer to as the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
The only way, in his view, to ensure the safety of the Kosovo Albanians was to remove the regime that was oppressing them. The first of these actions – liberating the oppressed – would be counted as an ethical act in any moral framework I can think of. However, the only way Blair could achieve it would be by transgressing the letter of international law. 35 Blair was willing, enthusiastic even, to set aside conformity to the established and widely recognized codes of the UN in favour of his own self-created moral discourse which was focused heavily on individual conduct and frequently framed in terms of a contest between good and evil, aimed at regime change.
Blair’s Just War: Iraq and the Illusion of Morality by Peter Lee (auth.)