Terrorism: reflections on harming the innocent


  • Thomas Pogge Universidad de Yale




terrorism, violence, moral, global justice, human rights, political philosophy


Developed Western countries are waging a war on terror. Or, more precisely: the governments of some of these countries are waging a war against terrorists. This war effort increased dramatically after the September 11 terrorist attacks, which killed roughly 3,000 people in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The most notable previous attack on them was the car bomb attack on the US embassies in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi on August 7, 1998, which killed about 257 people, including 12 US citizens. Since the September 11 attack, 202 people, including 88 Australians, have been killed in Kuta on the Indonesian island of Bali on October 12, 2002; some 191 people were killed in the bomb attack in Madrid on March 11, 2004; and the July 7 terrorist attack in London left 52 people dead. Why wage war against these terrorists? [Fragment]

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Thomas Pogge, Universidad de Yale

Universidad de Yale



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Pogge, T. (2008). Terrorism: reflections on harming the innocent. Estudios De Filosofía, 453–489. https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.ef.12961



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