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By Neta C. Crawford

ISBN-10: 0199981728

ISBN-13: 9780199981724

The unintentional deaths of civilians in struggle are too frequently disregarded as unavoidable, inevitable, and unintended. And regardless of the simplest efforts of the U.S. to prevent them, civilian casualties in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan were a standard characteristic of the us' wars after Sept. 11. In Accountability for Killing, Neta C. Crawford specializes in the reasons of those many episodes of foreseeable collateral harm and the ethical accountability for them. The dominant paradigm of criminal and ethical accountability in conflict at the present time stresses either goal and person responsibility. planned killing of civilians is outlawed and foreign legislation blames person squaddies and commanders for such killing. somebody soldier should be sentenced existence in felony or demise for intentionally killing even a small variety of civilians, however the huge scale killing of dozens or perhaps hundreds of thousands of civilians might be forgiven if it used to be unintentional--"incidental"--to an army operation. The very legislation that protects noncombatants from planned killing may possibly enable many episodes of unintentional killing. less than foreign legislations, civilian killing might be forgiven if it was once unintentional and incidental to a militarily useful operation.

Given the character of latest battle, the place army organizations-training, and the alternative of guns, doctrine, and tactics-create the stipulations for systemic collateral harm, Crawford contends that putting ethical accountability for systemic collateral harm on contributors is lost. She develops a brand new idea of organizational ethical organisation and accountability, and indicates how the united states army exercised ethical enterprise and ethical accountability to lessen the occurrence of collateral harm in America's most modern wars. certainly, whilst the U.S. army and its allies observed that the conception of collateral harm killing was once inflicting it to lose aid within the battle zones, it moved to a "population centric" doctrine, placing civilian safeguard on the middle of its method.

Trenchant, unique, and varying throughout safety reviews, foreign legislations, ethics, and diplomacy, Accountability for Killing will reshape our knowing of the ethics of up to date conflict.

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49n.  1-5. Int roduc ti on 33 long as the United States intervenes in conflicts or continues to conduct its war on terror with drone, cruise missile, or combat air strikes in Yemen, Somalia, and elsewhere, questions of collateral damage will continue to arise. My analysis is intended to help us reason through the problems of civilian killing in war and find ways to diminish foreseeable collateral damage. This page intentionally left blank PA RT 1 THE SCOPE AND SCALE OF COLLATERAL DAMAGE This page intentionally left blank 1 Moral Grammar and Military Vocabulary We know that victory will not come without a cost.

If we ask soldiers, for either pragmatic reasons—because we want their hearts and minds “population centric” strategy to succeed—or for moral reasons, to protect noncombatants at potentially greater risk to themselves, then we must do so consciously, and with an understanding and acknowledgment of their potential and actual sacrifice. If protecting civilians does not have to entail increased risk to US soldiers, then soldiers should know that as well. In sum, the questions raised by this book are difficult.

Introduction 26 damage. Specifically, commanders are responsible for establishing the rules of engagement and ensuring that training and operations lead to victory and the observance of the laws of war. I use two cases to explore how commanders’ oversight and attitudes can promote or fail to promote respect for noncombatants—US air operations in Bosnia in 1995 and the siege of Fallujah in 2004. In the first instance, civilian protection was a priority and operations were designed and redesigned to avoid collateral damage.

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