Just Strike: A Defender’s Guide To Preemptive Self-Defense
Huntsman, John D.
Strawser, Bradley J.
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What is the role of imminence in preemptive self-defense? Imminence: a necessary requirement for preemption. Preemption: self-defense in the face of imminence—an action that is necessary to avert an unjust and credible threat. Problem: since the 2003 U.S. war in Iraq, the concept of preemption has suffered from a conceptual hangover. Purpose: To return preemption to its rightful place, onto the moral side of war. Solution: To reframe our notion of imminence.
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