The Just War Theory Of War

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As warfare strategies advance, the attitudes concerning the morality of war can change and lead the nation into unnecessary conflicts. The United States’ views towards war from two different time periods display a shift when compared to a moral standard. Comparing these attitudes to the Just War Doctrine displays this change towards morality. The Just War Theory serves as a guideline for determining a war as moral. The Doctrine consists of three major principles that contain the criteria of just war. Jus ad bellum outlines the situations in which it is acceptable for a nation to go to war before any action has taken place. This includes that war must be directed towards a real and moral cause, authorized by qualified leaders, planned to settle the intended dilemma. Entering into war must be the “last resort” to solve the given situation and must be just compared to the enemy. Jus in bello addresses how a nation’s forces should act during the act of war. This includes that the nation should respond to a situation with forces that are proportional to those that have been inflicted on the nation, and the prohibition of tactics such as rape and weapons of mass destruction (Fabre 963-964). Just post bellum refers to the period after a war when peace is to be restored. It focuses on establishing treaties and preventing nations to seek vengeance (Stahn 159). Using this doctrine as the structure of moral war can determine a shift from this ideal state of morality. After World

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