“This is a remarkable contribution to contemporary debate on the issues of distinctively contemporary war. For those who want to know what the strongest arguments are on each side of the issues it is essential reading.” – Alasdair MacIntyre, author, After Virtue
“A balanced and incisive debate on the morality of the Persian Gulf War.” – Colonel Harry G. Summers, Jr., author, On Strategy II: A Critical Analysis of the Gulf War
“I think Desert Storm was just, but I admit it’s arguable. And nowhere is the morality of the Gulf War–any war–argued with more energy, wit, and conviction than in But Was It Just? The war sparked a national debate, at once morally and politically important. But Was It Just? captures that debate in all its rich dimensions.” – Fred Barnes, The New Republic
“A fine, always thought-provoking, and often moving collection of essays that shows not only the problems moralists encounter when they try to apply just war theory to a concrete case such as the Gulf War, but also the need to ask whether this theory ought to be applied at all in a world where it often serves as a cover for power politics and where war has become a gruesome evil. It is a first-rate collection!” – Stanley Hoffman, Center for European Studies, Harvard University.
About Jean Bethke
Jean Bethke Elshtain is Centennial Professor of Political Science and Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the author of Women and War and, coming out this year, Antigone’s Daughters. She writes on the history of… More about Jean Bethke