Just War Against Terror: The Burden of American Power in a Violent World

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Basic Books, 2004 - History - 251 pages
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Inspired by the surge in global terrorism and violence, one of America's foremost political philosophers mounts an impassioned defense of just war against terror. 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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This is jingoistic nonsense. I couldn't read two consecutive pages without finding something I could flat out refute.

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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