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Created by John Eipper on 11/16/15 4:50 AM

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"Legitimate Acts of War" (John Heelan, -UK, 11/16/15 4:50 am)

JE makes a good point when he commented on Randy Black's note of 16 November: "Was the 1944 Genoa theater attack a legitimate act of war?"

We in the UK have suffered similar outrages in the latter part of the last century under the myth of being "legitimate acts of war." See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terrorist_incidents_in_Great_Britain

Were the 1974/75 bombings of popular mainland pubs in Guildford, Woolwich, Birmingham and Belfast that killed and injuring many civilians "legitimate acts of war"--as claimed by IRA and UDP sympathisers, because soldiers went there from time to time? Were the bombing of Belfast's Europa hotel and Brighton's Grand Hotel (aimed at assassinating Thatcher and her Cabinet) "legitimate acts of war," or the assassination of the 79 year-old Mountbatten and one of his grandsons similar? (The IRA justification of the last was "This operation is one of the discriminate ways we can bring to the attention of the English people the continuing occupation of our country.")

If so, perhaps one needs to review the ethical justification of drone strikes against leaders and combatants of terrorist groups.

JE comments: The "legitimate act of war" is a corollary to the "terrorist/freedom fighter" disjunction.  Tautologically, freedom fighters practice legitimate acts of war.  Terrorists engage in "wanton and cowardly" acts.

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