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Moral Dilemmas of Modern War Torture, Assasination, and Blackmail in an Age of Asymmetric Conflict

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ISBN-10: 0521685109

ISBN-13: 9780521685108

Edition: 2009

Authors: Michael Gross, Michael L. Gross

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List price: $55.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.22" wide x 8.98" long x 0.71" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Michael L. Gross is a professor in and the head of the School of Political Science at the University of Haifa, Israel. His articles have appeared in Political Studies, Social Forces, the New England Journal of Medicine, Political Research Quarterly, the Journal of Applied Philosophy, the American Journal of Bioethics, the Journal of Military Ethics, the Journal of Medical Ethics, and Political Psychology. His books include Ethics and Activism (Cambridge University Press, 1997), Bioethics and Armed Conflict (2006), Moral Dilemmas of Modern War: Torture, Assassination and Blackmail in an Age of Asymmetric Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and an edited volume, Military Medical…    

Preface
List of Abbreviations
Torture, Assassination, and Blackmail in an Age of Asymmetric Conflict
A Brief Rundown
Fundamental Characteristics
Types of Asymmetric Conflict
Dilemmas and Paradoxes of Asymmetric Conflict
Friends, Foes, or Brothers in Arms? The Puzzle of Combatant Equality
The Idea of Combatant Equality
Combatant (In)Equality in Asymmetric War
Assigning Combatant Equality in Asymmetric War
Combatants in Asymmetric War
Shooting to Kill: The Paradox of Prohibited Weapons
Limiting the Way We Kill
Superfluous Injury and Unnecessary Suffering
Banned Weapons Today
Unnecessary Suffering in Asymmetric War
Shooting to Stun: The Paradox of Nonlethal Warfare
The Nature of Nonlethal Weapons
Can They Work?
Are They Legal?
The Future of Nonlethal Weapons
Murder, Self-Defense, or Execution? The Dilemma of Assassination
What Is Assassination and Targeted Killing?
Targeted Killing: An Effective Tactic of War?
Reassessing Targeted Killing and Assassination
Torture and Assassination
Human Dignity or Human Life: The Dilemmas of Torture and Rendition
The Torture Debate Today
Justifying Interrogational Torture
Rendition and Interrogation
The Dilemma of the Torture Debate
Noncombatants in Asymmetric War
Blackmailing the Innocent: The Dilemma of Noncombatant Immunity
Noncombatant Immunity and Civilian Vulnerability
Reassessing Proportionality in Asymmetric Conflict
Human Shields and Inaccurate Weaponry
Deterrence, Demoralization, and Punishment
Killing the Innocent: The Dilemma of Terrorism
Guerrilla-ism and Terrorism
Justifying the Heinous
The Limits of Defensible Terrorism
Fighting in the Shadow of Harm to Civilians
Risking Our Lives to Save Others: Puzzles of Humanitarian Intervention
The Dilemma of Humanitarian Intervention
The Paradox of Humanitarian Intervention
Overcoming State Boundaries
Reasonable Costs for Nations and Citizens
Conclusion and Afterword
Torture, Assassination, and Blackmail: New Norms for Asymmetric Conflict?
Exceptionalism or the Rule?
Between Military Necessity and Humanitarianism
A Descent into Barbarism?
The War in Gaza, December 2008 to January 2009
Fighting a Zero-Tolerance Ground War
Proportionality and Acceptable Harm to Civilians
Saving Soldiers' Lives: At What Cost?
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index