Iraq: Threat and Response

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LIT Verlag Münster, 2003 - Всего страниц: 151
The publication of this collection of essays on the current crisis concerning Iraq will not be welcomed by the United States government. Although the authors - a group of German and American scholars, who are moral theologicans, policy analysts, political scientists, and a Middle East historian - write from divergent backgrounds and perspectives, all finally concur, sometimes for different reasons, in rejecting the arguments of the Bush administration in favor of unilateral U.S. military action against Iraq. These essays are uniformly free of the intemperate language and careless argumentation that characterizes some of the opposition to American policy inside and outside the United States, and is therefore easy to dismiss. Whether the authors address either the threat Saddam Hussein represents to his reagon and the world or the prospects for alternative strategies, the reasoning is generally wellinformed, sensitive to complexity, and attentive to detail. The book will help to confirm and strengthen the growing 'thoughful opposition' in the United States and abroad to the Bush policies, and as such deserves to be taken very seriously.

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Introduction
1
Peace Through International Law and the Case of Iraq
11
The Dubious Legitimacy of Preventive Military Action against Iraq
29
Is Attacking Iraq a Good Idea?
41
Is There a Just Cause for War Against Iraq?
49
Legitimate Authority for War against Iraq?
59
Holy See Policy toward Iraq
81
How Severe is the Threat?
97
Sanctions Inspections and Containment Viable Policy Options in Iraq
127
Authors
149
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