History help needed on Just War Question , Good or evil?

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Does Just War Theory truly justify the triumph of good over evil, or is it simply a justification for the use of force relative to the side one is on?  Apply three Just War tenets to the United States and those same Just War tenets to the al-Qaeda and explain if the war on terrorism is absolutely just to one side, or if it is just relative to the side one is on

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School: Rice University

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Just war theory is not a balance between good and evil or an answer to that conflict. It is a justification process that pushes the state to further evaluate their decisions before overreacting or acting irrationally. Killing someone is never a good act, but Just War Theory attempts to regulate this act so it does not get out of hand. This was the foundation of the development of this international agreement after the World Wars. On the war on terror, the United States attempts to follow Just War Theory; however, the non-state actor, Al-Qaeda, does not. This could be seen as defended by the fact that the terrorist group does not apply to this area of international law because of their lack of definite statehood, but, in evaluation, the use of Just War Theory is one sided, in relation to the United States attempting to follow these international laws, because Al-Qaeda has chosen to not follow these international norms. 

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