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Volume 10  Number 3  •  Winter 2006
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Michael Walzer on Just War Theory’s “Critical Edge”: More Like a Spoon Than a Knife
By Laurie L. Calhoun
This article appeared in the Winter 2006 issue of The Independent Review

Arguing About War (2004) collects philosopher Michael Walzer’s essays on when and why to engage in warfare, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the “war on terrorism,” and other topics widely discussed since 9/11. Walzer celebrates our military and political leaders’ increasing use of just war rhetoric, but he fails to explain why it should not be interpreted skeptically.