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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Carlisle concludes that the Vigilancia, City of Memphis, and Illinois escaped public attention at the time of their sinking, and historians failed to highlight their significance in World War I historiography; but they were the casus belli for American participation in World War I.
But the offshore finds may also become a casus belli as Lebanon, Israel's northern neighbor and one of the Middle East's longtime battlegrounds, lays claim to the gas fields as well.
Poland was the first victim of Nazi aggression to stand up to Hitler: the September 1939 invasion was the casus belli of World War II.
The storyline may vary but the casus belli is the same: government acquires land from farmers who either don't want to part with it, or are unhappy with the compensation for it, resulting in an agitation that leaves people dead.
Providing weapons to terrorists would have given casus belli for an immediate American invasion--an event Saddam sought to avoid.
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.
The casus belli for the war, that Iraq posed an imminent threat to America, "was inflated and perhaps fraudulent.
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.
Bearden--who is on the advisory board of a group, Conflicts Forum, that encourages dialogue with Islamist political groups shunned by official Washington such as Hamas and Hezbollah--is less charitable about the Bush administration's foreign policy, and especially its breezy declaration of a casus belli against Iran based on Tehran's alleged support for insurgents.
Si ello es asi, resulta congruente que en las tramas narrativas sobre las guerras civiles, se seleccione lo que se dice y lo que se calla, se les otorgue jerarquia e importancias a actores y sucesos de acuerdo con el tema principal de la trama; se compone la intriga y se incluyen o excluyen las peripecias, los errores tragicos y los lances pateticos de los actores, todo ello referido a la fundamentacion y al despliegue de casus belli, es decir, al porque se hace la guerra o al porque se va a la guerra, pero re-figurando, seguidamente, en argumentos justificadores de las guerras posteriores el animus belli, para construir un armazon argumentativo de un casus belli posterior, a la manera de un eterno retorno pero en perspectiva ciclica.