CAN WAR BE SUCCESSFUL IN ACHIEVING ITS AIMS?
Questionnaire for judging whether war is justified on
are derived from the lecture given to the Preparing for Peace Project by General
Sir Hugh Beach
CBE, KCB, MC on
July 14th, 2001
the government being attacked guilty of serious aggression or large scale
abuse of human rights?
is waging the war? Do they have a recognised right to do so?
the war stopped at the point where the initial aims were achieved?
the war winnable?
all peaceful means of solving the problems given a serious trial and have
they clearly failed?
the destruction caused by the military action in proportion to what is
needed to achieve the aims?
every effort been made to prevent civilian casualties?
General Beach saw action in the Second World War in France and the East
Indies. After the war he rose to be Commander of the 12th
Infantry Brigade, Commandant of the Ministry of Defence Staff College,
then Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Land Forces in the UK, Master-General
of the Ordinance and Chief Royal Engineer.
retiring from the army he has been a member of the Churches Together in
Britain and Ireland Peace Forum, a member of the Council for Christian
Approaches to Defence and Disarmament, a leading figure in the campaign
against land-mines and a speaker and writer on peace and disarmament
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