[Reader-list] Disproportion and the Justification of War

Monica Mody monica.mody at gmail.com
Thu Aug 3 23:58:48 IST 2006

Whether a war is just or not is a more philosophical response.

To add to Jamie's comment, the term "disproportionate" has also been
used very specifically to refer to the rules for conduct of war under
international humanitarian law, and becomes important when you are
trying to determine the legality or otherwise of Israel's actions. In
other words, Israel could be charged for war crimes because of its
disproportional conduct.

(For a more detailed analysis, see the Human Rights Watch O&A on
Israel and Hezbollah, available at



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