Asymmetric killing (2020)
risk avoidance, just war, and the warrior ethos
in: Oxford scholarship online
This book offers an engaging and historically informed account of the moral challenge of radically asymmetric violence-warfare conducted by one party in the near-complete absence of physical risk, across the full scope of a conflict zone. What role does physical risk and material threat play in the justifications for killing in war? And crucially, is there a point at which battlefield violence becomes so one-directional as to undermine the moral basis for its use? In order to answers these questions, Asymmetric Killing delves into the morally contested terrain of the warrior ethos and Just War Tradition, locating the historical and contemporary role of reciprocal risk within both.