After the Civilian: Compassion in a changing politico-military context
McKeogh, C. (2017). After the Civilian: Compassion in a changing politico-military context. Presented at the CILE’s 5th International Conference (Centre for Islamic Legislation & Ethics) ‘Rethinking Conflict and Resistance Ethics: Towards a critical understanding of Jihad and Just War’, Doha, Qatar, March 18-19, 2017.
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This paper looks at political, military and technological challenges to the rule against targeting civilians in war. Neither the concept nor the reality of the civilian offer the clarity once assumed. The paper argues that the category of the civilian is now collapsing and that new expressions of practical compassion in armed conflict must rise to take its place. Religions have a role to play in promoting the restraint of violence although that role will be more one of motivation than overtly religious argument.
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