Michael Ignatieff. Many of our ebooks are available through library electronic resources including these platforms:. Must we fight terrorism with terror, match assassination with assassination, and torture with torture? In the age of terrorism, the temptations of ruthlessness can be overwhelming. But we are pulled in the other direction too by the anxiety that a violent response to violence makes us morally indistinguishable from our enemies.

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Must we fight terrorism with terror and torture with torture? Must we sacrifice civil liberty to protect public safety? In the age of terrorism Michael Ignatieff argues that we must not shrink from the use of violence.

But its use - in a liberal democracy - must be measured. And we must not fool ourselves that whatever we do in the name of freedom and democracy is good. We may need to kill to fight the greater evil of terrorism, but we must never pretend that doing so is anything better than a lesser evil. In making this case, Ignatieff traces the modern history of terrorism and counter-terrorism, from the nihilists of Czarist Russia and the militias of Weimar Germany to the IRA and the unprecedented menace of Al Qaeda.

He shows how the most potent response to terror has been force, decisive and direct, yet restrained. The public scrutiny and political ethics that motivate restraint also give democracy its strongest weapon: the moral power to endure when vengeance and hatred are spent. Edinburgh University Press. Edinburgh University Press is one of the leading university presses in the UK. We publish academic books and journals in our selected subject areas across the humanities and social sciences, combining cutting-edge scholarship with high editorial and production values to produce academic works of lasting importance.

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The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror

In it, Ignatieff considers the question of how, in a liberal democracy , it is possible to balance the legitimate rights of innocent citizens against the state's need to combat terrorism. This book was written in to address questions of human rights and humanitarian policy which arose as a result of the issues surrounding the War on Terror , particularly with regard to the US foreign policies of the time including the detention of terrorist suspects without trial at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The book is based on a series of six lectures that Ignatieff gave at the University of Edinburgh in as part of the Gifford Lectures. The book was initially published in hardcover form in , [3] then in in paperback by Edinburgh University Press. In this book Ignatieff argues that the war against terrorism requires acts which go beyond those permitted by our constitutional restraints and protections of the recognition of individual legal rights. To balance this necessary erosion of liberal freedoms and rights, Ignatieff presents a framework of judicial review, executive and Congressional oversight, free debate and limits on interrogation.


Lesser Evils

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