The proportionality equation: balancing military objectives with civilian lives in the armed conflict in Afghanistan

@article{Barber2010ThePE,
  title={The proportionality equation: balancing military objectives with civilian lives in the armed conflict in Afghanistan},
  author={Rebecca Barber},
  journal={Journal of Conflict and Security Law},
  year={2010},
  volume={15},
  pages={467-500}
}
  • R. Barber
  • Published 1 December 2010
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Conflict and Security Law
It is a long-established principle of 'just war' theory that military commanders must risk the lives of soldiers before they kill civilians. Recent airstrikes in Afghanistan, called in by US commanders for the purpose of protecting Afghan or coalition forces, and often involving the use of 'area-effect weapons' that do not distinguish between civilians and combatants and result in large numbers of civilian casualties, seem to turn this basic principle on its head. This article considers the… 

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