The War In Libya

The Arab Spring was one of the main causes of the war that is currently ravaging Libya. In August, the militia captured Tripoli, and since then there has been constant war. In some form of twisted neutrality, the Central Bank of Libya has paid for both the Libyan army and the militia, and it has paid for them to continue fighting. The issue in Libya is not a religious fight, but rather one that is sourced in power.

According to the Just War Theory, this is not a just war. Each of the criteria can be applied to the conflict.

Cause: There is not a just cause for the war, since the current conflicts stems solely from a desire for power.

Comparative justice: There is no way that either side can say it is more just than the other.

Competent authority: The militia and the army are not public authorities, and both their actions serve to destabilize the region rather than help it.

Right intention: Material gain is the sole purpose of this conflict, and therefore the intention of the militia is not right.

Probability of Success: With both sides being funded endlessly by the National Bank, there is not a victory in sight for either side, and therefore there is no probability of success.

Last resort: There are many more diplomatic options available than fighting that are not being chosen, and therefore it is not the last resort to go to war.

Proportionality: The benefits of this war are only power shifting hands from one to another; therefore, there is no net benefit at all to the war, and proportionally it is not the right thing to do.

As evidenced after application of the Just War Theory, the conflict in Libya is not just and it should not be pursued.

Pack, Jason. 'How To End Libya’s War'. N.p., 2015. Web. 12 May 2015.

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