Islamic State Of Iraq And Syria Essay

1363 Words Nov 9th, 2016 6 Pages
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, has permeated the minds of Americans from the right wing to the left wing. Most agree that something needs to be done to ensure the safety and security of the United States of America, but what exactly needs to be done is an entirely separate argument. If ISIS launched a series of attacks against American embassies and caused mass casualties overseas, it is the United States’ responsibility as the indispensable nation to act against them and for those who cannot fight for themselves. According to the Just War Theory, American military intervention is justified on moral grounds in this situation.
The first portion of the Just War Theory is jus ad bellum, or just initiation of war. This means that in order to justify initiating war, it must be in self-defense, taken as a “last resort,” be undertaken by a legitimate authority and a country should have a reasonable chance of success. Another consideration is proportionality; the end of the war being initiated should be proportional to the means of the war (Moser and McDonald, 2016a). The attacks by ISIS on the against American embassies in Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, and Libya alone would fulfill the just initiation of war. The United States would be retaliating as a means of self-defense. According to Crawford, “self-defense is the only unambiguously legitimate justification for the use of force… One may then justifiably reply to armed aggression with force” (Crawford, 2003). This means that…

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