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Iraq War (2003-): Was It Morally Justified?
Iraq War (2003-): Was It Morally Justified?

Author(s): Miljenko Antić
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Fakultet političkih znanosti u Zagrebu
Keywords: Iraq; just war; morality; intervention; democratization; power; unipolarity

Summary/Abstract: This article argues, after explaining the theory of just war, that the US-led invasion on Iraq was not morally justified. Furthermore, it explains why democratization cannot be a justification for aggression, neither from the legal nor from the ethical point of view. In addition, this article claims that the immorality of the war has been a crucial factor, because it has caused a low level of public support for the war and, consequently, has led to American military failures and failure of other coalition forces in Iraq. Finally, the author concludes that the Iraq war has shown that we do not live in a unipolar system of international relations and that the power of the USA was overestimated prior to the war.

  • Issue Year: XLVI/2009
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 88-113
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: English