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By Eric Patterson

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have targeted new cognizance on a perennial challenge: the best way to finish wars good. What moral concerns should still advisor war's payment and its aftermath? In instances of protracted conflicts, routine struggle, failed or failing states, or genocide and conflict crimes, is there a framework for constructing a permanent peace that's pragmatic and ethical?

Ethics past War's End offers solutions to those questions from the simply warfare culture. simply conflict considering engages the tough judgements of going to conflict and the way struggle is fought. yet from this aspect ahead simply battle thought also needs to keep in mind what occurs after conflict ends, and the severe matters that stick with: constructing an everlasting order, utilising political sorts of justice, and cultivating collective varieties of conciliation. most sensible thinkers within the box -- together with Michael Walzer, Jean Bethke Elshtain, James Turner Johnson, and Brian Orend -- provide robust contributions to our realizing of the very important concerns linked to past due- and put up clash in tricky, real-world eventualities that variety from the united states Civil warfare to modern quagmires in Afghanistan, the center East, and the Congo.

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The moral limits of post bellum obligations have their primary source in the people to whom the obligations are owed—the people who have been rescued, for example, by the military intervention or the people whose brutal and aggressive regime has been overthrown. The intervening state can’t then impose its version of a just politics without regard to their version. It isn’t bound to do what its own citizens think is best. The local understanding of political legitimacy is a critical constraint on what just warriors can attempt.

So to say, in effect, that responsibility for the well-being of others begins at home is not to say it ends there, but rather to say that such responsibility places finite limits on the responsibilities one owes to others. The relationship between these two kinds of responsibility differs according to the circumstances of each case. At the beginning of this chapter I put the matter of concern for responsibilities after the end of 30 james turner johnson an armed conflict as including the question of how to think of those responsibilities not only in the narrow context of the parties to the conflict but of the larger frame of the common good of the region in which the conflict has taken place, of other societies related to those involved in the conflict by cultural ties, and of the international order as a whole.

Concern for a positive state of affairs after a conflict was thus built into the system of warfare and of political and economic life as a whole. The gradual growth of armies of common men, first supplementing and then displacing armies based on knights and their immediate retainers, did not fundamentally upset these realities about war. Nor did the introduction of firearms, for early firearms depended on the same pools of resources and labor that were needed for the weapons they displaced. The first genuine challenge to this way of war was the post-Reformation wars of religion, which equated struggles over territory with struggles over 24 james turner johnson religious allegiance and introduced the practices of counterpopulation warfare and scorched-earth tactics.

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