The Duck of Minerva

The Duck Quacks at Twilight

Just war debate!

July 19, 2006

The subject is strategic bombing, the backdrop the unfolding crisis in the Middle East.

I am reminded that the spirit of Athens lives on.

Melians of the world, beware.

To be fair, not everyone there advocates “the strong do what they will and the weak do what they must.”

Some merely believe that if you fight on the side of providence, any action becomes legitimate. Nevertheless, as articulate a set of comments as I’ve ever seen.

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.