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Targeted killing

In Timothy Shanahan (ed.), Philosophy 9/11: Thinking About the War on Terrorism. Open Court (2005)

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  1. Liability and Narrowly Targeted Wars.Crystal Gunasekera - 2016 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 19 (1):209-223.
    Targeted killings have traditionally been viewed as a dirty tactic, even within war. However, I argue that just combatants actually have a prima facie duty to use targeted strikes against military and political leadership rather than conventional methods of fighting. This is because the leaders of a military engaging in aggression are typically responsible for the wrongful harms they threaten, whereas significant numbers of their solders usually will not be. Conventional warfare imposes significant risks on soldiers who are not liable (...)
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