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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To make the invasion seem necessary, the Bush and Blair governments invented another casus belli, the Weapons of Mass Destruction, which of course did not exist.
Bush knew that only such a casus belli would convince the American people, who thought at the time, with reason, that al Qaeda was the enemy they were lighting.
1) Pretenses for the invasion have shifted in the wake of the original casus belli deteriorating: the real reason for the invasion -ex posto facto- was to bring enlightenment in the form of "democracy" to the Iraqi people (and the Arab world) through preemptive war.
Il fatto e evidente fin dall'inizio: il casus belli fra cristiani e saraceni e procurato da Gano che, per avidita, si allea nascostamente con i secondi.
The truth is this is a casus belli that gives boards the opportunity to close their dance companies.
The authors offer an exceptional discussion of casus belli (justification for war).
The issue became a central casus belli of the Russo-Japanese War.
the four line-long Casus Belli - Latin for "reasons for war" - analyses why the US is so keen on smashing Iraq.
US President George Bush announced before the US Congress that every country in the world was either "with us or against us," and called the tragedy an attack against the United States and a casus belli.
As far as your assertion in premise number one that there exists no casus belli, actually there does.
is to go to war against Iraq and depose its dictator, Saddam Hussein, which it should, writes Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria, then it will have to find a provocation, a casus belli.
In the absence of a plausible casus belli connecting Iraq in any way to the September 11 atrocities, it was inevitable that the Bush administration would invoke `the threat of chemical weapons' as it prepares US public opinion for Washington's next encounter with Saddam Hussein.