Jus ad Bellum and Jus in Bello

Jus Ad Bellum Jus Ad Bellum, the justness of entering into conflict consists of six primary tenets: legitimate authority, just cause, proportionality, right intention, chance of success, and last resort. 1. Legitimate Authority – Only those of legitimate authority may justly lead its country into war. This tenet disqualifies revolutionaries, radicals and/or subversives who seek…

Essay for Gun Control

Ten-thousand, five-hundred, twenty-seven people die a year in a handgun related incidents in the United States.  This number, by far, outweighs those gun related deaths in countries such as Sweden, Great Britain, and Japan, which number 13, 22, and 87 respectively. What is the reason for such drastic differences in numbers?  The latter mentioned countries…

Laws of War

The term “laws of war” refers to the rules governing the actual conduct of armed conflict. This idea that there actually exists rules that govern war is a difficult concept to understand. The simple act of war in and of itself seems to be in violation of an almost universal law prohibiting one human being…