The criminality of Nuclear Deterrence; Could the U.S. War on Terrorism Go Nuclear?

Atlanta, GA: Clarity Press, Inc., 2002. First Edition [stated], presumed first printing. Trade paperback. 216 pages. Foreword by Philip Berrigan. Notes. Index. Inscribed by the author on the title page. Inscription reads 4 April 2008 To Noam Chomsky, Best Personal regards, Francis!!! Francis Anthony Boyle (born March 25, 1950) is a human rights lawyer and professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law. He has served as counsel for Bosnia and Herzegovina and has supported the rights of Palestinians and indigenous peoples. Boyle received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Chicago in 1971.[3] He earned a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1976 and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in political science from Harvard University in 1983. He has advised numerous international bodies in the areas of human rights, war crimes and genocide, nuclear policy, and bio-warfare. As the U.S. War on Terrorism hurtles into uncharted waters, challenging accepted norms of international law and setting a pattern for peremptory state behavior, could a nuclear strike against a non-nuclear "rogue state" become an American option? Could conflicts between other nuclear states such as India and Pakistan go nuclear? The Clinton Administration's Presidential Decision Directive 60 asserted a U.S. right to target non-nuclear states with nuclear weapons in 1997. But PDD60, as well as nuclear deterrence as a whole -- both the use and threatened use of nuclear weapons -- is illegal under the international law of warfare, according to the author, Francis A. Boyle. In fact, Francis A. Boyle argues in The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence, the Bush administration's willingness to consider the use of tactical nuclear weapons in Afghanistan, its intent to proceed with National Missile Defense, to renew nuclear testing and develop "bunker-busting" nuclear weapons will have disastrous impact on existing international efforts to rein in the global nuclear arms race through the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. Already, the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty has fallen before its scythe. This book provides a succinct and detailed guide to understanding the arms race from Hiroshima/Nagasaki through the SALT I, SALT II, ABM and START efforts at arms control, to Star Wars/National Missile Defense, U.S. unilateral abrogation of the ABM Treaty, and events in Afghanistan and beyond. It clarifies the relevant international law, from the Hague Conventions through the Nuremberg Principles to the recent World Court Advisory Opinion, as well as tracing contradictions in and contraventions of domestic guidelines established in the U.S. Army Field Manual of 1956 on The Law of Land Warfare, which remains the official primer for U.S. military personnel concerning the laws of war to which they must regard themselves as subject. Condition: Very good.

Keywords: Noam Chomsky, Nuclear Deterrence, Nuclear Weapons, Terrorism, Use of Force, International Law, Strategic Defense, Anti-Ballistic Missile, World Court, Conventional Warfare, Arms Control, Arms Limitation, Strategic Arms, Arms Race, Escalation

ISBN: 0932863337

[Book #84028]

Price: $275.00