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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A further allegation that Syria has accommodated Iraq by hiding Saddam's chemical and biological weapons within its borders has also been dismissed as unlikely, thus removing the pretext for war with Syria.
When these organisations mention Iraq's flouting of 17 UN resolutions as a pretext for war, the 64 resolutions flouted by Israel (with US support) are never mentioned.
However, even before he spoke French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin signalled that France was prepared to use its veto to block the plan, describing the deadline of just a few days as a pretext for war.
Fellow anti-war Labour MPs also said the documents - whether they were real or bogus - must not be used as a pretext for war.
Iraq's refusal to comply with such an ultimatum could then become the pretext for war.
Summary: Sudan carried out a deadly air strike on a refugee camp in neighboring South Sudan Thursday, just hours after the south's president accused Khartoum of seeking a pretext for war, officials said.
Tehran, Sept 12 (ANI): As millions of Americans remembered 3,000 men, women and children killed in the 9/11 attacks, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeated his claims that the US staged the attacks as a pretext for war.
And if, as seems probable, Bibi Netanyahu again becomes prime minister of Israel, he and a President McCain will find a pretext for war on Iran.