self defense

The Clinton administration’s 2000 document on security strategy proceeded to an even more explicit formulation: “Whenever possible, we use law enforcement, diplomatic, and economic tools to wage the fight against terrorism.” Observing that those tools would not always be adequate, the document asserted that “[a]s long as terrorists continue to target American citizens, we reserve
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How international law seeks to define, and limit, the right to self-defence has been analysed through the ages.5 It is not the intention of this article either to 4 Anticipatory self-defence allows for reaction when an attack is imminent. The UN Security Council supports this interpretation of self-defence, see Report of the High Level Panel
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