Military Ethics An Introduction with Case Studies

ISBN-10: 0199846294
ISBN-13: 9780199846290
Edition: 2012
Authors: Stephen Coleman
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List price: $55.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Military Ethics: An Introduction with Case Studiesprovides an accessible introduction to the ethical issues faced by today's junior and mid-ranking military personnel. Offering an exceptionally practical perspective, it includes more than fifty engaging case studies--personal, historical, and fictional accounts--that give students a birds-eye view of various real-world ethical dilemmas. Opening with an introduction to ethics and an overview of ethical theory, the book goes on to discuss ethical problems related to: the use and misuse of power and authority; discrimination and proportionality in traditional conflicts, irregular wars, and humanitarian military interventions; supreme emergency, terrorism, and responses to terrorism; and much more.Military Ethicsis enhanced by suggestions for further reading, an abbreviation key, an extensive bibliography, and an appendix including a list of the international treaties that make up the Law of Armed Conflict. A companion website at www.oup.com/us/coleman features lecture notes, additional case studies, and discussion questions.

Stephen Coleman is Professor of Political Communication in the Institute of CommunicationsStudies at the University of Leeds.

Preface
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: what is ethics? What is an Ethical decision?
What Is Ethics and Why Should I Study It?
Law and Ethics
Ethical Dilemmas and Tests of Integrity
Notes
Further Reading
Discussion Questions
Ethical Theory-An Overview
The Runaway Railway Car
The Spare Parts Surgeon
Ethical Considerations
Theories of Value and Theories of Ethics
Ethical Theory-Consequences
First Use of the Atomic Bomb
Criticizing Consequentialism
Ethical Theory-Principles and Duties
Shooting the Downed Pilot
Criticizing Deontology
Ethical Theory-Character
Marines Don't Do That
Is Ethics Simply Relative?
Integrating Theories of Ethics
Notes
Further Reading
Discussion Questions
Professional Ethics, Duties, and obligations
The HMAS Westralia Fire
Discussion
The Profession of Arms
Role Morality
Military Values and Military Virtue
Leave No One Behind
The Training Course
The Triangular Balance
Military Dispute over Casualties in Afghanistan
Esequiel Hernandez Shooting
Notes
Further Reading
Discussion Questions
Just War Theory-Traditional Issues of Jus Ad Bellum
The 1991 Gulf War
The 2003 Invasion of Iraq
Discussion
Alternative Theories on War
Pacifism
Realism
A Very Brief History of Just War Theory
Ethics and International Law
Implementing the Principles of Jus Ad Bellum
The Korean War
The Six Day War
Israeli Attack on Iraq's Osirak Nuclear Reactor
The Falklands War
Assessing the Two Gulf Wars
Notes
Further Reading
Discussion Questions
Just War Theory-Modern Issues of Jus Ad Bellum: Humanitarian Intervention, Insurgency, and Counterinsurgency
Operation Cast Lead
The 1999 NATO Intervention in Support of Kosovo
Discussion
Of Countries, States, and Nations
The Basics of Jus Ad Bellum and Insurgency
The Fight Against Apartheid
Jus Ad Bellum and Difficult Insurgency Cases
Jus Ad Bellum and Counterinsurgency
Israel, Uganda, and the Entebbe Incident
Justification for Humanitarian Intervention
The Rwandan Genocide
Intervention in East Timor
Responsibility to Protect
Notes
Further Reading
Discussion Questions
Power and Authority-Issuing and Following Orders
Ehren Watada and Iraq
Marine Advance on Baghdad
Discussion
Considering Authority
Wearing Body Armor in Afghanistan
The Logistics Officer's Problem
The Ethical Problems of Orders
Orders to HMS Alacrity
Placing the Strobe
Come Right!
Reinterpreting Orders
Notes
Further Reading
Discussion Questions
Discrimination and Proportionality I: Traditional Issues of Jus in Bello
Airpower and Marine Assault
Discussion
Discrimination
The Ethical Permissibility of Targeting Combatants
The Principle of Noncombatant Immunity
The Incident at the Fallujah Mosque
Proportionality
Sinking of the General Belgrano
The Dam Busters Raid
Modern Assessment of Collateral Damage
Conviction of Milan Martic
Summary
Notes
Further Reading
Discussion Questions
Discrimination and Proportionality II: Jus in Bello in Irregular Wars
Casualties in the 2008-2009 Gaza War
Discussion
Discrimination in Irregular Wars
Defending the Crashed Helicopter
Rules of Engagement and Civilian Casualties in Irregular Wars
Assault on a Taliban Compound
Difficult Cases of Discrimination in Irregular Wars
Israel and Targeted Killing
Proportionality in Irregular Wars
Notes
Further Reading
Discussion Questions
Discrimination and Proportionality III: Jus in Bello in Humanitarian Operations
NATO Attacks and Dual-Use Targets
Discussion
Jus In Bella in Armed Humanitarian Operations
Dual-Use Targets
Peacekeeping or Peacemaking?
Protecting Civilians by Endangering Troops
The Baby Ram
The Child Soldier
Moscow Theatre Siege
Notes
Further Reading
Discussion Questions
Issues of Surrender and Detention
Operation Red Wings
Discussion
Surrender
White Flags in Desert Storm
After the Battle
Prisoners of War
The Sniper and the Murderer
Notes
Further Reading
Discussion Questions
Supreme Emergency, Terrorism, and Torture
The Petraeus Letter to the Troops
Discussion
Supreme Emergency
The Decision to Bomb German Cities
Supreme Emergency and Terrorism in the Modern World
Supreme Emergency and Counterterrorism in the Modern World
The Ticking Bomb in Paris
The Ticking Bomb in Sri Lanka
Notes
Further Reading
Discussion Questions
Conclusion
Competence and the Professional
The Unlimited Liability Contract
Of Warriors and Murderers
Knowing and Doing
Notes
Appendix: The Laws of Armed Conflict
Bibliography
Index

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