Is Afghanistan a 'Good War'?

Author: Kristi Flaherty

Peace Policy Oct 2009Photo: U.S. Army (Flickr)

The late oral historian Studs Terkel used the term "good war" to describe World War II, which many believe met "just war" criteria. How does the war in Afghanistan measure up? Is sending more troops the best thing to do? Is it the right thing to do?

Posts in the October 2009 issue of Peace Policy:

David Cortright says that while the cause is just, war is not an appropriate means to defeat Al Qaeda (includes video). More »

Mary Ellen O'Connell argues that combat drones are losing the fight against terrorism. More »

Michael Desch argues that the war in Afghanistan is necessary — but has been taken to unnecessary extremes. More »

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