Casus Belli


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Casus Belli

 

a term used in diplomacy to designate an event or fact serving as a direct formal ground or pretext for the declaration of a state of war. For example, the casus belli for World War I was the murder in Sarajevo of the Austrian archduke Ferdinand.

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Mark Fitzpatrick, senior fellow for non-proliferation at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, told The Times the "most shattering conclusion is that, if this was an effort that began in 2007, it could be a casus belli.
The original casus belli, in 2001, was flawed, as the Taliban offered to throw out al-Qaida, but the Bush government was more interested in a show of military strength for domestic consumption.
However, their real intentions will unfold in the coming days, and there are possibilities that they will employ the rejection of their demands as casus belli or to fuel coercive agitations.
No bishop was going to endorse embryonic stem cell research but it might not have become a casus belli if the president had said early on that he was committed to continuing research using adult stem cells in the hope that they might allow us to avoid the ethical issues raised with embryonic stem cells.
Yes, you guessed it - Israel then identified that as an act of war, a casus belli justifying its devastating military assault on Egypt.
In retrospect, this action must be seen as a deliberate attempt to provoke Hamas into a violent response, and thus provide Israel with a casus belli.
Your recent article about the strange dealings of our government with a top al-Qaeda operative, Ali Mohamed, may be better understood in a historical light of the casus belli.
The only casus belli for a war against Iran would be to turn world attention from the Iraq quagmire and the Palestinian issue.
This was the casus belli for NATO's war on Yugoslavia, although later forensic reports made clear it was a fake.
Without an international consensus, the US has forsaken the unilateral route it chose in Iraq, even though by hair-trigger Bush administration standards it has a more plausible casus belli.
The reaction in the Senate was, with a few exceptions, not outrage, though Barbara Boxer did remind her that the casus belli was the threat of Saddam's mushroom cloud.