Item description for Terrorism and Just War Tradition by Jason Gatliff...
Jason Gatliff argues that some types of terrorism are permissible within a Just War framework. When evaluating any use of force, two questions need to be addressed: (1) was it appropriate to use force, and (2) was force used appropriately. It is within the scope of these two questions that most of the objections to terrorism arise. Gatliff argues that a terrorist act can meet the standards of a Just War. Gatliff shows how these standards can be met in response to two objections to terrorism, that terrorists lack the authority to make war, and that the random targeting of civilians renders terrorism unjustifiable. Gatliff approaches the first question from the perspective of a Lockean theory of individual sovereignty. Gatliff shows that the authority to use force rests with governments because that authority has been granted them by those individuals they govern. When governments fail to use their delegated authority appropriately, then individuals can once again exercise their rights. Gatliff deals with the second question, the appropriateness of intentionally targeting civilians, by arguing that many more members of the civilian population are combatants than most people realize. Gatliff argues that anyone who is dangerous in the martial sense, where the martial sense of dangerousness is understood as having one's behavior purposely directed in support of military activities, is a combatant.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.8" Width: 7" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Jun 19, 2007
Publisher VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller e.K.
ISBN 3836415828 ISBN13 9783836415828
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Mindbending Ending to a Thought Provoking Book Aug 6, 2007
I first became acquainted with Gatliff's work last year. His name started popping up on the internet soon after a talk he gave at Boise State University - on the topic of this very book, not incidentally - and which caused certain members of the internet political society to label him as some sort of a left-wing nut-job.
The chatter at the time seemed to suggest that Gatliff not only thought that terrorist activity might be warranted, but that it could be ethically defensible. Now, after having more fully acquainted myself with his thesis, I see that this is a gross misstatement of Gatliff's views.
In point of fact, Gatliff comes much closer to suggesting that it is ethically irresponsible for a society, community or person, to enter into those sorts of actions which might cause terrorists, or the types of activities that terrorists routinely engage in, to BECOME ethically defensible.
And it's not just terrorism that his ideas apply to. This book runs to the very heart of how "we, the people" have hitherto engaged in warlike acts. Gatliff shows that it is irresponsible for us as a society to ever become uninformed fools, knee-jerk reactionaries, or willful supporters of unlawful or immoral acts.
This is a highly suggested read for anyone interested in just war theory, or for how society willfully enters the fray.
An important work from among the greatest new ethicists in America Jul 28, 2007
The thrust of the principal argument presented within Gatliff's work is one of profound ethical implications. In essence, he argues both that terrorists can be patriots, and that patriots can be terrorists. But more importantly, Gatliff shows the ways in which we: citizens, taxpayers, members of the larger community, willfully engage in military operations, and as such can be held accountable for the actions of our governments, our soldiers, our armies. How should we behave? Gatliff makes assertions in that realm as well.
Showing himself to be one of the greatest minds of this, or any generation, Gatliff leaps onto the scene with a book of startling import, power, prescience and topicality.