If tyrants and liberators alike can rally their troops by invoking the theory of just war, can the theory be all that good? If a soldier’s primary duty is to follow orders, is he any less responsible for his conduct?

Laurie L. Calhoun is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Advisory Editor of Transition: An International Review.
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Other Independent Review articles by Laurie L. Calhoun
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Winter 2010/11 Political Philosophers on War: Arguments inside the “Just War” Box
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