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Maybe the West Should Adopt Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Policy

Date: Friday, November 1, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

Guest post by Antonius Aquinas

The Rise of Total War

Prior to the modern age, when war was engaged in, combatants, for the most part, acted by a code of conduct which attempted to minimize civilian deaths and the destruction of non-participants’ property. With the onset of the democratic age and the idea of “total war” such modes of conduct have tragically fallen by the wayside, the consequence of which has made warfare far more bloody and destructive.

Iranian Seiji-2 missile. Of course, we cannot really be certain whether or not the mullahs running Iran are fibbing about their nuclear ambitions – but the fatwa against nuclear armaments discussed below 

does

 indeed exist. [PT]

Photo via farsnews.com

The ultimate violation of “just warfare” has been the possession and use of nuclear weapons which by their very nature cannot be reconciled with any notion of a civilized society.Of all the hysteria over “terrorism,” nuclear weapons are rarely discussed anymore, but they are the ultimate form of terror.

Despite the obvious fact that nuclear weapons cannot be reconciled with any moral code of warfare, Western nation-states continue to possess them and the US has actually used them in the final stages of WWII as it mercilessly bombed the Japanese civilian centers of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

While most modern scholarship has abandoned the older idea of moral conduct in warfare, the great libertarian theorist, Murray Rothbard, continued the venerable tradition in his thought and applied it not only to nuclear weapons, but bombing as well:

“Not only should there be joint disarmament of nuclear weapons, but also of all weapons capable of being fired massively across national borders; in particular bombers.It is precisely such weapons of mass destruction as the missile and the bomber which can never be pinpoint-targeted to avoid their use against innocent civilians.”*

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