The nature and importance of the theory just war

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The nature and importance of the theory just war

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Althought most people agree that wars are bad becasue of their effects, most people also agree that some wars can be justified. The theory used to decide whether a war is justified is known as the just war theory.

Today it is generally agreed that a war is just if:

  • The cause of the war is just (foo example, it is fought in self-defence when another country attacks)
  • It is being fought by the authority of the UN
  • It is being fought with the intention to bring back peace 
  • It is begun at last resort-all other ways of ending the conflict have been tried and failed
  • There is a reasonable chance of success
  • The method used avoids killings civilians
  • The methods used are proportional to the cause. For example, it would not be just to destroy a country with wepons of mass destruction becasue it had invaded a small island
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