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Standards of Preemptive Strikes

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We've read both sides of the issue of whether or not the United States is justified in conducting preemptive strikes. But really, this is about us making decisions for ourselves and justifying (or not) it to the rest of the world. For this week's assignment, you will need to take off you "American" hat and take a new job at the United Nations. Your job is to create a standard - a set of conditions if you will - under which any nation in the world may conduct a preemptive attack. What would those conditions be?

Use the cases you've read to write condition more or less strict but you may not argue that there are no conditions. You will need to also use the United Nations Charter to see exactly where your standards would fit. The Charter can be found at http://www.un.org/en/documents/charter/.

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There is a set of conditions under which any nation in the world may conduct a preemptive attack. These conditions are that realistic options for avoidance by nonviolent means such as negotiation, retreat, or calling upon other countries or the United Nations have been exhausted. A preemptive use of proportional force is justified only out of necessity. The concept of necessity means both a credible, imminent threat and the exhaustion of peaceful remedies. An important condition for carrying out a preemptive strike, there must be an ostensible intention to do injury. This intention should be visible in the form of active ...

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