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The morality of terrorism /
Haig Khatchadourian.
New York : P. Lang, c1998.
xv, 180 p. ; 23 cm.
0820437905 (alk. paper)
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New York : P. Lang, c1998.
0820437905 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-02:
Khatchadourian (Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) draws upon his earlier articles on assassinations, just war, and human rights in this solid analysis of the morality of terrorism. He criticizes imprecise use of the term terrorism and adopts a working definition that includes history, social context, alternatives, motives, and the act itself. The essence of the book is an evaluation of terrorism using many political and philosophical approaches--natural or human rights, just war theory, liberation struggles, act and rule utilitarianism, and deontology. The author insists that terror, whether initiated from above (the state) or below, and counterterrorism must both be evaluated by the same moral standards. Using a careful definition (so that neither the attempted assassination of Hitler in World War II nor the Intifada qualifies), Khatchadourian concludes that terrorism is always morally wrong because it violates just war theory, destroys the immediate victim's natural right to life, and never results in success. Instead, terrorism is always counterproductive. Historians will be skeptical of this conclusion. Two appendixes apply his analysis to Israel's 20th-century history and provide working definitions of important terms. This book will be most useful to show advanced undergraduates how moral philosophers deal with issues of war and terrorism. Unfortunately, this reviewer has never read a scholarly book with more spelling errors. J. W. Frost; Swarthmore College
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. xi
Terrorism: Distinctions and Definitionsp. 1
The Morality of Terrorism, Ip. 17
Justification of the Just War Principles Usedp. 39
The Morality of Terrorism, IIp. 63
Freedom Fighting: Nature and Moralityp. 93
Responses to Terrorism, Ip. 113
Conclusionp. 137
The Palestine Problem: A Case Study of Root Causes of Political and Moralistic/Religious Terrorismp. 141
Glossary of Key Termsp. 171
Indexp. 177
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