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The folly of preventive war [ Michael Lind / The National Interest ]

July 24, 2015

link: http://www.nationalinterest.org/feature/preventive-wars-the-antithesis-realpolitik-13367

[ via In Saner Thought ]

Sadly, what I think is the most potent argument against preventive war is left out.

That is, if one country can claim legitimacy in preventive war, then so can another. (Rules regarding legitimacy don’t work if you declare that they only apply to you!)

So if there were to be a country, I won’t mention any names, which has a reputation for invading others and overthrowing governments based on mere hypotheticals, then from the point of view of just about any third party, THAT country surely would become a fully legitimate target of preventive war. Mmmkay? See how that outcome would be contrary to the national interest?

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