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Killing Civilians: Method, Madness and Morality in War

Hugo Slim

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ISBN 10: 1850658811 / ISBN 13: 9781850658818
Published by C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
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2007. Hardcover. Takes a look at the ways in which civilians suffer in wars and analyses the anti-civilian ideologies which insist upon such suffering. This book exposes the ambiguity in much civilian identity which is used to justify extreme hostility. It also offers a discussion on why civilians should be protected. Num Pages: 300 pages. BIC Classification: JWXK. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 225 x 150 x 24. Weight in Grams: 520. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781850658818

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Title: Killing Civilians: Method, Madness and ...

Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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When civilians suffer in war, it is often a deliberate act. Massacres, rape, displacement, famine, and disease are the strategic decisions of political and military leaders who make civilians their targets in order to gain the upper hand in battle. Yet there still exists the precious and fragile belief-ingrained in modern international law-that unarmed and innocent people should be protected in war, even if, in practice, the principle of civil immunity is often ignored or rejected.

Hoping to rectify this injustice, Hugo Slim uses detailed historical and contemporary examples to reveal the many ways civilians suffer in war. A leading commentator on international humanitarian action and the protection of civilians in war, Slim analyzes the anti-civilian ideologies that encourage and perpetuate suffering and exposes the exploitation of moral ambiguity that is used to sanction extreme hostility. At what point does killing civilians become part of winning a war? Why are some methods of killing used while others are avoided?

Bolstering his claims with hard fact, Slim argues that civilian casualties are not only morally reprehensible but also bad military science. His book is a clarion call for action and a passionate defense of civil immunity, a concept that is more urgent and necessary today than ever before.

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Hugo Slim was recently the chief scholar at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva, a conflict resolution organization that mediates in civil wars and advises on peace processes.

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