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dc.contributor.authorMcKeogh, Colm
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-23T03:05:25Z
dc.date.available2012-02-23T03:05:25Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.citationMcKeogh, C. (2011). Are the citizens of a democracy a just target for terrorists? Irish Political Studies, 26(4), 579-592.en_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/6051
dc.description.abstractThis article investigates how issues of political responsibility connect to the combatant/civilian distinction in armed conflict. It does so by looking at an attempted moral justification of terrorism in a democracy by a just war theorist. The attempt was by Igor Primoratz, who claims that civilians who actively support injustice do not merit immunity from targeting. Primoratz suggests amending the principle of civilian immunity to permit targeting of civilians who are culpable for an unjust war. This article argues that culpability plays no role in the justification of targeting combatants and cannot be used to justify the targeting of civilians. Combatants may be targeted in war because of a convention-dependent permission that they may be treated as instruments. Civilians may not be targeted in war because no such convention-dependent permission exists (and there are no benefits to creating such a convention). Nor can the justification of self-defence be used to justify the targeting of civilians in armed conflict because there is a threshold of culpability to be met before self-defence is permitted, and the citizens of a democracy do not meet that minimum standard.en_NZ
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherRoutledgeen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07907184.2011.619751en_NZ
dc.subjectcivilianen_NZ
dc.subjectimmunityen_NZ
dc.subjectterrorismen_NZ
dc.subjectjust waren_NZ
dc.subjecttargetingen_NZ
dc.subjectdemocracyen_NZ
dc.titleAre the citizens of a democracy a just target for terrorists?en_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/07907184.2011.619751en_NZ
dc.relation.isPartOfIrish Political Studiesen_NZ
pubs.begin-page579en_NZ
pubs.elements-id36866
pubs.end-page592en_NZ
pubs.issue4en_NZ
pubs.volume26en_NZ


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