Example Of Just War Theory

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“War is thus an act of force to compel our enemy to do our will.”

First it must be clarified, what military strategy means. Weighley presents the following definition which is also officially recognized in the US military: Military strategy … is the art and science of employing the armed forces of a nation to secure the objectives of national policy by the application of force, or the threat of force.”
At the highest level, the National Security Strategy (NSS) outlines enduring US national interests and general security goals and describes how to integrate all elements of national power in pursuit of those goals. From the NSS derives the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), which directly shapes budgeting and force-structure decisions.
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In the just war tradition, just cause is one of the requirements of jus ad bellum—that is, one of the conditions of justification to wage war. International law recognizes only one just cause for war: self- or collective defense against an aggressor. Contemporary legal notions also recognize a prevention of large-scale violations of human rights by their own government just cause for war. These are the most elemental just causes for war in the realm of international law and just war theory. However, the United Nations´ Security Council may also authorize the use of military force against states. One of the main argument for going to war against Sadam Hussein was the inacceptable risk of weapons of mass destruction. In addition, an UN security council authorization for the use of force against the Iraqi regime had not been issued. As a conclusion, because no WMD were found, the just cause was no longer given and the United States lost credibility in the eyes of strategic audiences. The lesson learned in this case is, that the United States should not wage war against an enemy unless a UN Security Council resolution is available, or a broad consensus among its international allies and partners for a coalition of the willing is …show more content…
In late 2004, an enormous earthquake struck the Indian Ocean and an unpresented tsunami rolled over the shores of Indonesia, Thailand and other countries around this area. As a result, the tsunami killed more than 250,000 people and destroyed millions of homes and basic infrastructure. Several US military assets, including an aircraft carrier, the hospital ship USS Mercy, and several USAF airplanes, departed into the region in order to help swiftly. In total, more than 12,000 US personnel were part of this mission, which was one of the largest humanitarian mission in history of mankind. US reputation, two years after the invasion of Iraq, was remarkably low in Muslim dominated countries like Malaysia and Indonesia. In 2003, only 15 per cent of the Indonesian population had a positive perception of the United States. Shortly after the start of US involvement in Unified Assistance the polls showed a 65 per cent positive view of the US. Nevertheless, the US faced also several challenges during the mission. Communications were a common challenge throughout this HADR missions. Robust communication capabilities are key and particularly vital during a HA/DR operation because the local communication infrastructure is often destroyed. Operation Unified Assistance highlighted the need for civilian

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