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  1. Introduction
  2. Justifying a war
  3. The critical implications of human treatment
  4. The major US failures
  5. Coclusion
  6. Works cited

Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 which left American devastated, United States of America President declared that these actions needed to be viewed as an act of war. This concept of an attack on American soil was, prior to September 11th, something completely foreign to the American people. Whether it be as a result of fear or anger, one thing was certain, the American people wanted some sort of retaliation to those who still are and were responsible. Nearly six years later the United States Armed Forces are still at war in Afghanistan, but more importantly also fighting a war on a second front in the nation of Iraq. It seems, however, that all of the public and media attention has shifted to the considerably more questionable war in Iraq, and consequently, it seems that some have forgotten we are even involved in Afghanistan.

[...] As a result of this, the war would become completely unjustified The second bone of contention for an unjust war today is the treatment of prisoners of war in Afghanistan and in secret military camps abroad. Additionally important is the lack of rights these POWs are receiving in prisons as far away as Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.[19] Walzer additionally argues that prisoners must be treated humanely and that summary execution and torture are not acceptable.[20] While the actions taken in the prisons may not explicitly be torture, they are certainly a human rights violation and as a result a cause of an unjust war. [...]

[...] The principles of which makes the entering into war a morally justifiable action are usually defined as ?having just cause, being declared by a proper authority, possessing right intention, having a reasonable chance of success, and the end being proportional to the means Perhaps one of the most frequently questioned and commented upon portions of jus ad bellum (justice going to war) norms is the possession of a just cause. This concept of a just cause is considerably more objective than some of the other justifications and as a result can effectively mask an unjust war. [...]

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