Just War Against Terror: The Burden Of American Power In A Violent World

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Basic Books, Aug 4, 2004 - History - 251 pages
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Jean Bethke Elshtain advocates "just war" in times of crisis and mounts a reasoned attack against the anti-war contingent in American intellectual life. Advocating an ethic of responsibility, Elshtain forces us to ask tough questions not only about the nature of terrorism, but about ourselves. This paperback edition features a new introduction by the author, addressing the Iraq war and other events in the Middle East.
 

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JUST WAR AGAINST TERROR: The Burden of American Power in a Violent World

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Bruce Springsteen gets it, but your average liberal-arts prof doesn't: that is, the need to crush terrorists and protect the civilized world from those who "are not interested in our ongoing debate ... Read full review

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Written in 2002, this is a strong defense of United States involvement in Afghanistan. Whereas at times it is difficult to swallow the abrasiveness of her writing, I appreciated the balance that this ... Read full review

Contents

WHAT HAPPENED ON SEPTEMBER 11?
11
WHAT IS AT STAKE?
28
WHAT IS A JUST WAR?
48
IS THE WAR AGAINST TERRORISM JUST?
61
THE ACADEMY RESPONDS TO TERROR
73
TAKING TERRORISTS AT THEIR WORD
87
WHERE IS THE LEGACY OF NIEBUHR AND TILLICH?
101
THE PULPIT RESPONDS TO TERROR
114
ENCOUNTERING ISLAMIST FUNDAMENTALISM
141
STATES AND SELFDEFENSE IN A DANGEROUS TIME
152
AMERICAN POWER AND RESPONSIBILITY
163
FOUR BRAVE WOMEN
176
EPILOGUE TO THE 2004 EDITION
184
WHAT WERE FIGHTING FOR
195
NOTES
221
INDEX
240

THE PROBLEM WITH PEACE
127

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Jean Bethke Elshtain is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Just War Against Terror and Democracy on Trial, among other books. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee and Chicago, Illinois.

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