First Strike: America, Terrorism, and Moral Tradition

First Strike: America, Terrorism, and Moral Tradition

By: Mark Totten (author)Hardback

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Can the use of force first against a less-than-imminent threat be both morally acceptable and consistent with American values? In this timely book Mark Totten offers the first in-depth, historical examination of the use of preemptive and preventive force through the lens of the just war tradition. Although critical of the American incursion into Iraq as a so-called "preemptive war," Totten argues that the new terrorist threat nonetheless demands careful consideration of when the first use of force is legitimate. The moral tradition, he concludes, provides a principled way forward that reconciles American values and the demands of security.

About Author

Mark Totten is assistant professor of law, Michigan State University College of Law. He lives in Kalamazoo, MI.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780300124484
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780300124484
  • weight: 476
  • ISBN10: 0300124481

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