Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapter 1 in the Martin (2016) text. To check your understanding of the material required for this discussion, you may wish to access the quizzes and flash card activities on the companion website (Links to an external site.) for the Martin text.
In Martin’s discussion, “The Just War Doctrine,” lays out several questions first published by the Christian Science Monitor (Scott, 2001) in this article Tyson (2001) lays out six questions:
- Is it justified to attack states and overturn regimes to get at terrorists?
- Can the United States legitimately target political figures like Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar?
- What are U.S. obligations in terms of minimizing civilian casualties?
- What types of force should be used?
- When should U.S. forces take prisoners, rather than killing Afghan Troops?
- Is there a plan for peace? (Martin, 2016, p. 9)
Select one of the questions above and address it based on “The Just War Doctrine” as discussed by Martin. You must argue the issue from the perspective of the U.S. government or a sovereign nation such as Afghanistan or Iraq. Support your post with examples from required materials, scholarly sources, or official government sources.
Your initial post must be a minimum of 400 words. Use APA formatting to cite your sources in-text as well as at the end of your post.