I had assumed the answer would be a simple ‘No’ but I was wrong. An archived BBC article states this:
“A war is only just if it is fought for a reason that is justified, and that carries sufficient moral weight. The country that wishes to use military force must demonstrate that there is a just cause to do so. The main just cause is to put right a wrong. Sometimes a war fought to prevent a wrong from happening may be considered a just war.” (BBC)
Clearly, the Russian invasion of Ukraine will never qualify for the above criteria of a ‘just war’.
Why would any democratically elected government not have the (legal and moral) right to choose its own course, like a request for a future membership of EU and/or NATO? A group protects the individual.
Can the UK prevent Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales from exiting the UK and join the EU?
I’m not sure if I agree with the reasoning in the BBC article. It seems to me that you’ve already ‘lost’ whenever you need force to support your arguments. Hence, I doubt that starting a war can ever be justified.
To me, the various Crusades, “a series of religious wars initiated, supported, and sometimes directed by the Latin Church in the medieval period” (1095-1410), did not constitute a ‘just war’. The Reconquista (711-1492) in Spain, following the Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula in 711, was about fighting back invaders.
I wonder if any reader of this blog can give (me) an example of starting a ‘just war’.
“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”A quote from Foundation by Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), American writer and professor of biochemistry
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