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Courage and commitment - what is acceptable in war?
on 16 November 2003
The Warrior's Honour is a provocative and timely look at warfare in an age where international consensus appears to have broken down in the face of rampant moral relativism. I've never been a huge fan of Michael Ignatieff (I found his treatment of nationalism patronising) but was pleasantly surprised by his courage and commitment in tackling the really difficult issue of how some kind of common human understanding can be built as to what is and what isn't acceptable in war.
Whether or not his conclusions are comprehensive, this places him alongside Nelson Madella, president Mohammed Khatami of Iran, the Lebanese lawyer Chibli Mallat and others trying to find rules and beliefs that all humanity can adhere to, rather than those (whether "ethnic-cleansers" or US neo-conservatives) who want to impose their own vision and beliefs as the only way forward.