Citizenship and Preemptive War: The Lesson from Iraq

Fiala, Andrew
July 2006
Human Rights Review;Jul2006, Vol. 7 Issue 4, p19
Academic Journal
This paper argues that citizens should be wary of a policy of Reformed Preemption such as is found in the National Security Strategy of the United States. This policy is too permissive with regard to the use of force and it suffers from epistemological difficulties. The war in Iraq is examined in an effort to see how the new policy of Reformed Preemption will be employed in practice. This case shows us two risks of the new policy: it permits wars even when the threats are vague and merely poten-tial; and it allows for disproportionate use of force.


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