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Simpson and Lackey both have differing theories on what constitutes a just war The primary point that they disagree on is that of self defense Lackeys theory requires and actual attack to have taken place while Simpsons theory regards the threat of harm as sufficient cause under certain circumstances to justify the use of force on the grounds of self defense Lackeys position at least to me makes more sense In order for an actual threat to exist and an actual belligerent action must be taken Simpsons position has to do with a perceived threat of harm The problem with this is perceptions can be skewed by biases and stereotypes This taints any cause for war whereas Lackeys theory the aspect of self defense can never be tainted Self defense is legitimate in both criminal and civil law so it makes sense that it is legitimate on a global scale I believe that Simpson leaves out the peoples factors of emotions and feelings in his theories where one would think they would necessary when one has to perceive something While Lackeys notion of self defense is so cut and dry it is by far more objective and can be used on a scale far wider than Simpsons The ideas all behind Lackeys theory are also stronger than that of Simpsons Self defense against an attack prevents unwarranted aggression By making self defense a requirement for just war all the countries that follow this theory will they never be aggressors towards others If countries can be eliminated as aggressors we can decrease the number of wars Fewer wars mean less suffering and casualties Less suffering and casualties leads to the advancement of the human race which is what should be every nations goal So justifying war by self defense will inevitably lead to less wars and further advancement of the human race A possible objection to this argument may be that
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