Is war against Iraq really justified?

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By Bruce Duncan, Canberra Voice, (September 2002).

Truth is the first casualty in war, according to the old adage, as memories of Australia’s experience of the Vietnam War might confirm. Hence recent statements by members of the government talking up the prospects of war with Iraq invite a searching scrutiny. It is not `appeasement’ to demand the most cogent and urgent reasons for going to war. But, curiously, the conditions for a just war have been barely mentioned in this debate.

The current Iraq case is unusually complex, as in recent years the conditions for a just war have been broadened to allow humanitarian intervention to override the principle of national sovereignty, and even to allow a pre-emptive military strike if hostile action is imminent and such intervention has substantial international support.

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