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Genocide, torture, and terrorism : ranking international crimes and justifying humanitarian intervention / Thomas W. Simon.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: KZ1261 .S575 2016

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    We are understandably reluctant to "rank" moral atrocities. What is worse, genocide or terrorism? But our refusal has consequences. In this book, Thomas W. Simon argues that politicians use our discomfort to manipulate our sense of injustice to serve their interests. He argues that while genocides such as the Holocaust and Rwanda are universally recognized as the worst crimes imaginable, The War on Terror has distorted our sense of atrocity by minimizing torture and exaggerating terrorism. Universal prohibitions of genocide and torture revive natural law theory. Simon advocates for an international criminal code with clearly defined and ranked injustices that would rehabilitate humanitarian intervention and replace an impotent duty to protect with a committed duty to act.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Simon, Thomas W., 1945- author.
    Published
    Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
    Locale
    Rwanda
    Contents
    Part I. Comparing injustices : the centrality of genocide
    Comparing wrongs
    Comparing genocides
    Rwanda : undervalued injustice
    Part II. Comparative applications : War on Terror's distortions
    Torture : undervalued injustice
    Terrorism : overvalued injustice
    Part III. From theory to practice : humanitarian intervention revised
    Universal wrongs : Jus Cogens
    Duty to act : beyond responsibility to protect
    Appendix A. Genocide, torture and terrorism compared
    Appendix B. International crimes compared.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-235) and index.
    Part I. Comparing injustices : the centrality of genocide -- Comparing wrongs -- Comparing genocides -- Rwanda : undervalued injustice -- Part II. Comparative applications : War on Terror's distortions -- Torture : undervalued injustice -- Terrorism : overvalued injustice -- Part III. From theory to practice : humanitarian intervention revised -- Universal wrongs : Jus Cogens -- Duty to act : beyond responsibility to protect -- Appendix A. Genocide, torture and terrorism compared -- Appendix B. International crimes compared.

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    9781137415103
    113741510X
    Physical Description
    xii, 244 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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