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Keywords:

  • terrorism;
  • torture;
  • just war;
  • liberalism;
  • preemption

Abstract

This book discussion demonstrates how the War on Terror—now spanning two American administrations—has affected the role and authority of historical American traditions on the justice of war. It highlights the continuing importance of four principles rooted in American moral and ethical traditions: legitimate authority; guidelines on preemption; the protection of civilians; and the importance of democratic discourse in the deliberation of American conduct.