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LEC 3- Competent Authority and Right Intention Sept 17 2009?

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PHL378: War & Morality LEC 3: Just War OverviewCompetent Authority & Right Intention Sept, 17th, 2009 9 conditions for Just War Theory a war is completely just iff it satisfies all 9 conditions Ius as Bellum (JAB) Competent Authority Aquinas (pg. 1353) war be declared by competent and legitimate authorities and not private individuals if it is declared by private individual he will lack Right Intention and Reasonable Hope of Success war is only legitimate if it is declared (rules out sneak attacks) ie. pearl harbor is not declared, hence not legitimate no surprise attacks when you declare war you say your reasons (ie. state your just causes) this makes it harder for nations to go to war without a just cause you are not allowed to attack soldiers of another country if you are not at war hence declaration of war allows you to target enemy soldiers this is like the bell in a boxing match (which marks the time frame in which you are allowed to engage in violent activities on the enemy) war can only be bw governments but if this is the case then war on terror is not a war but we still judge them to be unmoral It seems that competent authority might rule out revolutionarycessession movements
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