Tenet Of Redemption

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Heavily influenced by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the potential treat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, the National Security Strategy of 2002 introduced the controversial tenet of “preemption”. Specifically, the Bush Administration asserted within the 2002 NSS that the United States:
“Will not hesitate to act alone, if necessary, to exercise our right of self-defense by acting preemptively against such terrorists, to prevent them from doing harm against our people and our country” Article 51 of the United Nations Charter permits members of the United Nations the right of individual or collective self-defense preceding an armed attack.

International law is a reciprocal system of rules where a single action committed by the United States cannot be denied to other states now or in the future. The Bush Administration inadvertently created a new security dilemma through the tenet of preemption provoking states to act in their best interests regarding their particular national security threats.
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The official justification for Iraq was based on the assumption that Saddam Hussein

The WMD justification for Iraq was based on the expectation that Saddam might have developed WMDs and might have developed them at some future time and that eventualiy need to be prevented.

the tenet of preventative war is immensely controversial as it is questionable how the elimination of a functional nation-state including all of the associated collateral damage and loss of life can justify the safety of the United States. Indeed, the ramifications of preventative war would only serve to be detrimental to national security as the deaths of innocent bystanders would only flourish more adversaries of the United
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