A critical investigation concerning the lawfulness of American missile warfare on the 6th of April 2017

Murdoch Thomson

Abstract


American involvement within the unceasing Syrian Civil War continues to exist as controversial foreign policy; promoting substantial criticism concerning the lawfulness for intervention from both the domestic sphere and from the international community. As part of ongoing efforts to degrade the al-Assad regime, the United States undertook a series of Tomahawk missile launches in April 2017 in direct response to a chemical weapons attack which inflicted grievous harm upon a civilian population. The missile strikes aimed prevent further chemical weapons uses by degrading weapons delivery systems and by demonstrating American resolve for direct military action against the al-Assad regime or any other force which deploys chemical weapons. Despite limited international criticism of the missile strike, an evaluation exploring the lawfulness under the jus ad bellum and jus in bello regimes is useful when attempting concoct predictions for the evolution of the use of force in future instances.


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