A Just War

By Dale Beveridge

Rules to a Just War

A 'Just War' is a theory that attempts to justify wars and also tries to limit war.

The first part to any 'Just War' is:

  1. The war must be started and controlled by the state and/or its ruler such as a king. This is also known as the Legitimate Ruling Authority.
  2. There must be a just cause (reason) with a chance of winning.
  3. War must ONLY be a last resort, after all other options have been exhausted and it has a good chance of success.
  4. The war MUST be to promote GOOD and overcome EVIL! Peace and Justice must be restored quickly.
  5. Proportionally - Only enough force should be used as is absolutely necessary to achieve peace. INNOCENT CIVILIANS SHOULD NOT BE ATTACKED.

How should a Just War be fought?

A war that starts as a Just War may stop being a Just War if the means used to wage it are inappropriate.

  • Innocent people and non-combatants should not be harmed
  • Only appropriate force should be used - This applies to both the sort of force and how much force is used.
  • Internationally agreed conventions regulating war must be obeyed.