In This Review

Just and Unjust Wars
Just and Unjust Wars
By Michael Walzer
Basic Books, 1977, 384 pp

Professor Walzer's moral argument begins with particular wars, especially Vietnam, rather than with a general concept of war. His main justification for the use of violence (the "just war") is the protection of human rights, which, as he notes, conflicts with other motives for warfare and other imperatives of statecraft. A strongly argued and provocative book, bound to be controversial.