casus belli

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Casus Belli

[Latin, Cause of war.] A term used in International Law to describe an event or occurrence giving rise to or justifying war.



casus belli

‘cause of war’, the event that is said to justify a war.
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At present there seems to be no territorial dispute requiring a casus belli, even though there seems a pressing Indian need to have one.
It quoted Parsi as writing just after the Bulgaria bombing: "US officials have privately expressed concern that one of the purposes of Israeli attacks in Iran [referring to the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists] has been to generate an Iranian response that could serve as a casus belli [justification for war] for Israel.
Speaking to Israel Radio, Avigdor Lieberman stressed that "for us is a casus belli, a red line.
The moment we see that the Syrians transfer chemical and biological weapons to Hizbollah, this is a red line for us and from our point of view this is a real casus belli.
He said there seemed to be broad consensus among Turkish foreign policy experts that the incident does not constitute a casus belli, and that this view was shared by officials.
Notoriously, the casus belli in Iraq--Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction--proved to be mythical.
And of course the Islamists who, in seeing the very existence of a free and creative society in the Middle East as a casus belli, are just easier to befriend than to fight.
Rather, the goal was to create a casus belli, by which the army would seize the oil regions of the South and restore all oil revenues to a northern economy that continues in a politically dangerous tailspin" he said.
If any 'militants' respond to the killing, such retorts could possibly serve as a casus belli for an already planned Israeli military escalation.
He maintains that the loss of three ships between the time of Germany's announcement of unrestricted submarine warfare and Wilson's April 2 speech to Congress became the casus belli for America's entry into the war.
And American policymakers are concerned that if Hezbollah's newly invented sea-border dispute between Lebanon and Israel isn't solved, the oil and gas fields will turn into an underwater Shebaa Farmsthe piece of real estate that has served as Hezbollah's casus belli since Israel's 2000 withdrawal from Lebanon.
But Turkey claims that using that right is a casus belli," Droutsas said.