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

 
 
 
 
Moral Dilemmas of Modern War: Torture, Assassination, and Blackmail in an Age of Asymmetric Conflict
Author: Michael L. Gross
ISBN 13: 9780521685108
ISBN 10: 521685109
Edition: 1
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 2010-02-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
List Price: $34.99
 
 

Asymmetric conflict is changing the way that we practice and think about war. Torture, rendition, assassination, blackmail, extortion, direct attacks on civilians, and chemical weapons are all finding their way to the battlefield despite longstanding international prohibitions. This book offers a practical guide for policy makers, military officers, students, and others who ask such questions as: Do guerillas deserve respect or long jail sentences? Are there grounds to torture guerillas for information or assassinate them on the battlefield? Is there room for nonlethal weapons to subdue militants and safeguard the lives of noncombatants? Who are noncombatants in asymmetric war? What is the status of civilians who shelter and aid guerillas? And, do guerillas have any right to attack civilians, particularly those who aid and shelter members of the stronger army? If one side can expand the scope of civilian vulnerability, then why can't the other? The answers we give to these questions in asymmetric war differ radically from those that conventional war, ethics, and law usually recommend. Many practices that conventional war prohibits are slowly evolving into new norms of asymmetric conflict.