Accession Number:

ADA463324

Title:

Targeted Strikes in the "Global War on Terror"

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-05-18

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

This paper proposes that a valid legal argument can and must be made for the reasonable use of targeted strikes, and that within that legal structure, these strikes can be an effective component of an overall strategy to destroy the al- Qaeda network. Contrary to many voices who argue that because 911 changes everything, legality is no longer relevant, the concept that these strikes can be consistent with the rule of law-- and not just the unrestrained response of a vengeful, lone superpower unbound in the world-- is crucial to our ultimate success in defeating al-Qaeda. This paper intends to cut through the confusion regarding targeted strikes, examine the issue in the context of The Global War on Terror, and make the case that such strikes, properly conducted, can be both legal and effective within an overall strategy of eliminating the al-Qaeda threat. This paper will show that-- rather than a hindrance-- the law and its sensible interpretation, development and application, is integral to our ultimate success. Absent this approach, we risk antagonizing the very allies we need to keep beside us in this vital undertaking, while inviting comparisons to those terrorists who, rejecting every cherished legal principle of the world community, vow to attain their goal of establishing a pan-Islamic Caliphate throughout the world -- even if they risk destroying humanity itself in doing so.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE