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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Hizbullah has rearmed itself and boosted its capacities since the July 2006 war on Lebanon, Dodge pointed out, "and in the case of war with Israel, it can prove to be in a good position." Israeli officials have been warning against a war on Lebanon, threatening that Tel Aviv will strike at the whole of Lebanon in the event of new war, not just Hizbullah targets as the case was in the summer 2006 war.
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