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Can we wage a just drone war?

A few weeks ago ProPhi linked to philosophers writing for the Atlantic on whether it is possible to wage a just cyberwar. Now political scientist Daniel R. Brunstetter (UC-Irvine) writes on whether we can wage a just drone war.

Notwithstanding possible objections that drones are, in fact, legal and wise, I want to focus here on the ethical and procedural justifications outlined in Brennan’s speech, and raise two key questions: Are lethal drone strikes a last resort, that is to say, have all feasible alternatives really been exhausted? Can the use of drones lead to a lasting and just peace?

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