Just and Unjust Wars

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Just and Unjust Wars

By Michael Walzer
Basic Books, 1977
384 pp. $15.00
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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.