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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It quoted Parsi as writing just after the Bulgaria bombing: "US officials have privately expressed concern that one of the purposes of Israeli attacks in Iran [referring to the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists] has been to generate an Iranian response that could serve as a casus belli [justification for war] for Israel.
Speaking to Israel Radio, Avigdor Lieberman stressed that "for us is a casus belli, a red line." According to specialists of defense issues, Damascus holds nerve gas, mustard gas (attacking skin and mucous membranes), Scud missiles capable of projecting these deadly gases, and advanced conventional weapons, including the latest types of portable missile launchers and rocket launchers.
On his part, Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's foreign minister, said that Israel's "biggest concern today is Syria." "The moment we see that the Syrians transfer chemical and biological weapons to Hizbollah, this is a red line for us and from our point of view this is a real casus belli. It will be a different ball game," he said.
He said there seemed to be broad consensus among Turkish foreign policy experts that the incident does not constitute a casus belli, and that this view was shared by officials.
Notoriously, the casus belli in Iraq--Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction--proved to be mythical.
He maintains that the loss of three ships between the time of Germany's announcement of unrestricted submarine warfare and Wilson's April 2 speech to Congress became the casus belli for America's entry into the war.
The films are as varied as they get with the selection from Greece, 'Casus Belli', an experimental short directed by Yorgos Zois, that explores as mundane an aspect of living as queues.
But Turkey claims that using that right is a casus belli," Droutsas said.
Its rollover of the national registration procedure also constitutes a casus belli that could lead to a conciliation procedure.
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.
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.