The vietnam war was a military conflict fought between north vietnam, supported by their communistic allies, and south vietnam, supported by the united states and other anti-communist allies. Just war theory (latin: jus bellum iustum) is a doctrine, also referred to as a tradition, of military ethics studied by military leaders, theologians, ethicists and policy makers the purpose of the doctrine is to ensure war is morally justifiable through a series of criteria, all of which must be met for a war to be considered just. The second reason for the decline in allegiance to the theory is largely independent of changes in the practice of war it does, however, derive from the fact that the wars in vietnam, the persian gulf, yugoslavia, and the middle east provoked a resurgence of work in just war theory by philosophers trained in the analytic tradition. Asymmetric wars suggest two changes to just war theory first, if there can be just wars in which one party is not a state, then the declaration of war need not be made by a ‘proper authority’ nor by a legitimate state second, we may argue that, eg oppressed. The persian gulf war: a case study in just war theory laurence w jones the divinity school : 4 fal '^l approved dä' statement1 x apprwrd for public rodeos«^ just war theory and the debate over the gulf war 33-73 a the debate over just cause b the debate over right intention c the debate over legitimate authority.
Strategies student generated principles of just war the first step in introducing students to the basic elements of just war theory is to allow them to develop their own ideas on what the rules of war should be. As a postmodern, i can still use classical just war theory for several good reasons it has the force of history and the virtue of clarity it says halt to a pax americana and says you may not justify a first-strike attack. The vietnam war was a long, costly and divisive conflict that pitted the communist government of north vietnam against south vietnam and its principal ally, the united states the conflict was. Certainly many of the cos during the vietnam war did so due to their application of just war criteria but doesn’t a “just war theory” that leads to rejection of the justness of world war ii then in reality a “just war theory” that would lead to rejection of any conceivable war the united states might take part in that is, is this.
The just war introduction just war theory deals with the justification of how and why wars are fought the justification can be either theoretical or historical. Vietnam war was justified as it achieved the primary goals of preventing the spread of communism the purpose of involvement was to stop the spread of communism and secondly to strengthen the alliance between usa and australia. A war policy in vietnam initiated by nixon in june of 1969 this strategy called for dramatic reduction of us troops followed by an increased injection of s vietnamese troops in their place a considerable success, this plan allowed for a drop in troops to 24,000 by 1972. A just war theory: world war ii essaysst augustine, (d430) a first century theologian and philosopher, articulated the 'just war theory' initially to justify a christian war, one perceived to defend and maintain peace and order opponents, typically pacifists, believe there is never a.
If just war theory is more than just a set of conventions, and if the objections i will advance here are correct, the traditional version of just war theory must be rejected second, the term “war” is ambiguous. Vietnam, the johnson administration and the role of domestic public opinion. Classical just war theory is a christian paradigm that over the past two millennia has become the basis for the [secular] laws of armed conflict. Reflect those of the united states institute of peace, which does not advocate specific policies united states institute of peace contents introduction 2 ethical analysis of war against iraq, in such a pluralistic and multi-dimensional world, just war theory may be helpful, but it is not, by any means, all the help we need.
The just war theory holds there needs to be the follwoing requierments just cause the reason for going to war needs to be just and cannot therefore be solely for recapturing things taken or punishing people who have done wrong innocent life must be in imminent danger and intervention must be to protect life. Regan states, “just-war theory requires that nations resort to war only for just causes” (regan, 48) further, that there are two conditions which support just causes, the prevention or rectification of injustice and proportionality of means towards the ends. Just war theory is not an apology for any particular war, and it is not a renunciation of war itself it is designed to sustain a constant scrutiny and an immanent critique we still need that, even when generals sound like theorists, and i am sure that we always will. This feature is not available right now please try again later. Was the vietnam war a just war the just war theory the just war theory has been shaped over the centuries by historians and philosophers however, the most systematic account of the just war theory was formulated by saint thomas aquinas in his summa theologicae according to the just war theory, the moral reality of war is divided into two parts.
However, just war theory also acts to remind contenders that war is a last resort and that its essential aim is always peace, so if peace is forthcoming in any guise, it is morally critical for all parties to seek a return to a permanent peace rather than a momentary lapse of war. The triumph of just war theory (and the dangers of success) / by michael walzer i^ome political theories die and go to heaven some, i hope, die and go to hell. Just war theory and a thoughtful realist one important theory within international relations shows a moral aspect on how to conduct war this theory is called just war theory just war theory is a doctrine of military ethics from a philosophical and catholic viewpoint.
The task of just war theory is to seek a middle path between them: to justify at least some wars, but also to limit them (ramsey 1961) although realism undoubtedly has its adherents, few philosophers find it compelling the real challenge to just war theory comes from pacifism and we should remember, from the outset, that this challenge is real. The catholic church’s teaching on just war developed very early st augustine of hippo (354-430) was the first christian writer to describe the four conditions that must be met in order for a war to be just, but the roots of just-war theory go back even to non-christian romans, particularly the roman orator cicero.
Vietnam war was an example why no country,no matter how powerful, should think it can militarily intervene or invade another country unless there is clear,moral justification without the moral high ground and the support of the people,who were sharply divided by the issue of vietnam, us forces were unable to prevail. The just war the key thing to remember is that the just war theory does not try to justify war, rather it tries to bring war under the control of justice so that, when its consistently practiced by all parties in a dispute, it would eliminate war altogether. It was not a “just war” it was a war that attempted to assert global us interests in asia russian influence won the war of ideas among the hearts and minds of the vietnamese.