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Old 25 Feb 16, 13:00
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The issue I've always had with the just war theory is that it is entirely relative and unenforceable. If everyone agreed on what was and wasn't just there would be no war in the first place.

The Germans thought their war was just. After all they were just trying to reclaim the Danzig corridor and parts of West Prussia that had been German for centuries before 1918. It sort of snowballed out of control after that.

The Japanese were only fighting to take what was wrongly denied to them at Versailles and later to escape from an embargo that was strangling them.

Saddam was only trying to reclaim the 19th province of Iraq after the locals had been stealing his nation's oil.

The Islamic State is fighting the very definition of a just war in their eyes since they're only doing what their false prophet told them to.

See how easy this is? Often what is just is decided after the fact, usually by the winner. I don't mean to say that the only war crime is losing or anything like that. There is almost always an absolute right and wrong to most situations but trying to convince people of that, much less enforce it is extremely difficult and is often what causes wars in the first place.
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