Reflection Paper IV - After reading Bess summary of Just...

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After reading Bess’ summary of “Just War” his arguments for and against “strategic bombing” and Lyon’s account of total war I do not think there is a clear cut answer as to whether the use of strategic bombing is justified or not. Bess’ description of “just war” contains two main principles that must be met in order for military actions to be considered morally legitimate. The first is proportionality of means – the destructiveness must be proportionate to the overall aims of the warring parties. The second is sparing non-combatants – innocent civilians should never become the targets of warfare; only military personnel and installations can be legitimately attack. Looking at these two principles it is hard to argue against “just war”. The attacks on the ball bearing plants in Schweinfurt were a good example of following these principles. The factories were essential elements in Germany’s continued prosecution of war. Some civilians were
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